Mt. Herard  
Condition Updates  
Route: Medano Lake and Mt Herard Peak
Posted On: 2022-05-04, By: JoeKnapp
Info: The CR 559 to the trailhead is closed about 2.4 miles from the trailhead. So you will have to hike up the road by foot to get to Medano pass. The trail itself is also officially closed but is still accessible. There was an avalanche that past through the trail about a month or two ago so there are tons of trees that are over the trail and snow about 2-4 ft from 9-11.5 thousand feet. The fallen trees and brush make for a real slow and tight going. The snow clears up above treeline though. Definitely recommend bring floatation until the end of May. 
Route: Medano Lake and Mt Herard Peak
Posted On: 2021-07-12, By: Trotter
Info: Firstly, the official Medano lake TH is unreachable right now due to massive washout trenching on the road, one side is about 3 feet deeper then the other. Good news is that theres parking before the washout, and only adds about 100 yards to the hike. Medano pass is reachable from the east with a stock 4x4 IF you drive slowly and carefully in a few places. The route is very simple and is class 2+ at worst. Full summer conditions. 
Route: Medano Lake and Mt Herard Peak
Posted On: 2020-09-28, By: scrambling
Info: This is a good time to go. The Aspens are (were) in full color. The road from the west is in decent shape, although the sand is drying out. IMO, 4-wheel and high-clearance is needed. If you lower your tire pressure to get through the sand there is a free air station in the park that works well that you can use to re-inflate the tires.The trail to the lake is in good shape, dry and stream crossings are easy to negotiate. Above the lake there is some snow but, on 9-25-20, there was no need to put even one footprint in any of it. The use trail above the lake is well-cairned and easy to follow. 
Route: Via Point 12,925
Posted On: 2020-06-15, By: supranihilest
Info: Medano Pass Road from the east is mostly dry until right near the trailhead. It's also very, very washed out. The first two miles of trail up to the lakes is mostly dry, some water on a short section, and quite a bit of deadfall. We left the trail at that point and bushwhacked straight up 12,925's northeast ridge which was very steep and covered in deadfall. Above treeline easy ground. Between 12,925 and Herard there was nothing of note. A short snowfield right below the summit that we kicked steps in, wearing trail runners, no traction. Descent to Herard/Medano saddle is dry. 
Route: Medano Lake Trail
Posted On: 2017-07-09, By: JasonKline
Info: Remaining snow generally avoidable, except for one short stretch on a flat area. Water is very high, so count on getting feet wet. 
Route: S couloirs
Posted On: 2013-05-06, By: Monster5
Info: "Sand Dunes Couloir" - visible from the sand dunes (slightly zig-zags through the cliffs). ~11.5 mi, 6K' gain No snowshoes needed. Continuous ski available from the summit until about 11,500'. Parked at the Sand Ramp TH after the first stream crossing on Medano Primitive Rd. Followed the trail ~1 mi and hooked a right up the Little Medano drainage (sand slog). Took a left after one longer ridge and two smaller ridges. Bushwacked up the drainage (tree and talus hopping, taking a main left fork in an incised channel - one 4th class short waterfall section) until we were in the southern basin. Climbed the steeper, ~1,300', SW-facing couloir through the cliff bands up to Herard's SE sub-point. Slightly maze-y and varied between 35-45 with spicier options. Glissaded the couloir due S from the summit (25-40 deg) after slogging to and from Medano (one interesting cornice section). Those are the two premier couloirs from the south - the rest are either low angle or short. The standard route looked snowy above 11k'. No idea. pics: 

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