Mt. Maxwell  
Condition Updates  
Route: Forest Service Road 437
Posted On: 2022-05-29, By: montanahiker
Info: Nearly summer conditions. The minimal snow is avoidable. 437 is the most significant obstacle on this route. The forest service has cleared a path through downed trees for the first 1.1 miles but that's as far as you'll be able to drive. The last two miles of road have multiple trees down that you'll have to go around, some with fairly significant detours. 
Route: Forest Service Road 437
Posted On: 2021-05-17, By: supranihilest
Info: Still tons of snow near treeline. I turned around near 11,500 feet since I didn't bring flotation and was sinking up to my waist by 7am. Above treeline looked snowy from a distance as well, but I didn't get high enough on my hike to confirm. 
Route: Trinchera to Maxwell Traverse
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: JasonKline
Info: Loop involving Purgatory Campground, Trinchera road, Trinchera to Maxwell traverse, and Maxwell ridge back to Purgatory Campground is almost entirely free of snow. Only had to cross one small snow field just below the summit of Trinchera, and microspikes/poles were more than sufficient. You can easily bypass the cornice on the Trinchera summit just to its north/hiker's right when ascending. It's probably easier to bypass the remaining snow on the ridge when traveling Maxwell->Trinchera than Trinchera->Maxwell, because the clear route is much more obvious going south to north. 

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