Houghton Mountain  
Condition Updates  
Route: Southeast Ridge from Animas Forks
Posted On: 2021-08-03, By: supranihilest
Info: I parked at the junction of Animas Forks Road/CR 2 and Picayne Gulch/CR 9 intending to make a loop from Houghton all the way through Point 13,075; better to park at this junction and do the uphill to Animas Forks early in the morning than after 20 miles at the end of the day. Anyway, Houghton's southeast ridge is easy, mostly grass and dirt, with a couple of steep sections and a couple of small, chossy rock bands that don't really pose much of a problem. The entire ridge is Class 2 if desired, even the steepest parts through the rock bands. 
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Route: California Gulch
Posted On: 2020-07-08, By: Flyingfish
Info: Summer conditions slightly muddy in the early AM 
Route: S/SE/NE slopes
Posted On: 2020-02-03, By: SarahT
Info: Started from Eureka. Several slides have crossed CO-110 but its in safe condition at the moment. A dumb route finding error caused me to opt to climb steep south facing slopes to gain the SE ridge a bit below 12,000'. Not recommended - snowshoes and ice axe is never a good combination! Once on the SE ridge there was one steep section but the snow was in good condition. To descend I started down the SE ridge and then soon bailed to the NE slopes, which were by far the safest option and let me avoid descending the steep bit on the ridge. I descended the North Fork drainage back to the road (after bagging Engineer & Seigal). It is very narrow and steep slopes loom on either side - not a place to be except in the best of conditions. I had to do an 8' jump near the very bottom to get down a strange rock wall - man made I think. 

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