Venable Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: From Spring Mountain
Posted On: 2021-11-07, By: WildWanderer
Info: No traction needed from Spring Mountain, but microspikes could be helpful if you're taking the ridge. 
Route: From Venable Trail
Posted On: 2021-11-07, By: WildWanderer
Info: No traction needed along trail, but would have been helpful at times. I came within about 200 feet of the Venable/Spring saddle/pass, and had to turn around due to unconsolidated snow and a cornice covering the trail. I had all the necessary gear (snowshoes, crampons, ice axe, etc.) but did not feel safe on the unconsolidated and steep terrain. I went back the next day and summited via Comanche, and could see turning back was a good idea from above the pass as well. I could still see my tracks in the snow where I stopped. If doing this peak soon, summit via the Comanche Trail, and return via the Comanche Trail. 
Route: Venable pass
Posted On: 2021-10-30, By: seoulman
Info: Insignificant/avoidable snow except for one 100m patch on the ascent where traction or solid boots are advisable. I tried to descend via phantom terrace but there was a cornice at the junction with the saddle that I could have probably handled ascending, but not descending. So I came down commanche, which was easy. 
Route: From Venable TH
Posted On: 2021-09-07, By: kingshimmers
Info: The tundra is changing and the willows are starting to turn, but 98% of the aspen leaves between the Venable trailhead and peak are still green - we have a few more weeks yet! 
Route: Comanche - Spring - Venable
Posted On: 2021-06-13, By: Somewhat of a Prick
Info: Comanche - Spring - Venable loop today. 95% summer conditions, a few snow fields to navigate but nothing major. Phantom Terrace 100% free of snow. 
Route: Venable Trail
Posted On: 2020-10-11, By: Brian Thomas
Info: There is a large patch of downsloping bulletproof snow at the top of Phantom Terrace just below the Venable/Spring saddle that can be scrambled around on dry rock. Pic 1: looking up Phantom Terrace. Pic 2: looking back at Phantom Terrace from Spring. 
Route: Comanche/Spring/Venable/12,873
Posted On: 2020-07-05, By: supranihilest
Info: From Spring Mountain the ridge to Venable is kind of crappy - not difficult, just poor quality. Loose rock and scree everywhere, care must be taken. From the pass where the Phantom Terrace begins to descend, I went straight up the middle of Venable's south face which is steep and mostly grass/dirt with a couple of easy rock bands in the middle. No scrambling if you take care to avoid it. I descended back to the Phantom Terrace and took that across to the Venable Trail - I highly recommend the Terrace, it's super cool. From there, instead of just taking the trail back down, I cut across to a grassy ramp up to the ridge with Point 12,873 and up to its summit, then backtracked a bit across the ridge to the slopes directly above the upper, larger of the two Venable Lakes. The slope to the lake was steep and loose but it goes, though it's not super pleasant. Hike to the lower lake and the trail is right nearby. 
Route: Comanche-Venable Loop
Posted On: 2020-06-04, By: tjf242424
Info: Summer conditions aside from two small traverses on snow on the Comanche Trail, easily crossed in approach shoes (no traction). There is still a significant cornice at the Comanche saddle, but it is easy to climb straight up to the ridge just before reaching the snow. The ridge on Comanche, the traverse over Spring, the ascent of Venable, and the Venable Trail back to the trailhead are all completely dry. 
Route: Venable Trail & Phantom Terrace
Posted On: 2018-05-17, By: RWinters
Info: Just a few small patches of snow up to Phantom Terrace but all are avoidable. phantom Terrace is melting out but still a 30 yard section of snow. I crossed it carefully without axe or spikes but I wouldn't recommend it until it melts out more. 
Route: Venable Trail
Posted On: 2017-10-30, By: TakeMeToYourSummit
Info: We went for this classic loop (Venable Trail up, Comanche Trail down) knowing snow might alter our high plans. Sure enough - the Phantom Terrace is holding a bit of snow & ice currently. We waited until we were sure it was a bad idea; then ascended to the NE ridge above us to obtain Venable. The connecting ridges to Spring & Comanche had no snow of consequence. A few patches of snow greeted us on the trail section just below the ridge on the Comanche Trail as we returned to willowline. 
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Route: Venable-Comanche Trailhead
Posted On: 2016-07-23, By: JasonKline
Info: Snow-free summer conditions. 
Route: Veneble Lake Trail
Posted On: 2015-11-11, By: jimwei
Info: I have only moved here from North Carolina three weeks ago, and this was my first time venturing into the mountains, just so you know where my perspective is. Started on Venable Lake Trailhead at 10am today. Started seeing snow on Venable Lake trail at around 9,700 ft. After 10,300 ft, the trail was complete covered with snow, sometimes knee deep. Got to the fallen shelter on the right at 11,500 ft or so, couldn‘t find the trail anymore since I did not know which way it was suppose to go and I end up going down to the small lake on the left and completely lost the trail. Wind was gusting really good there and decided it was a good place to turn around. 
Route: Venable Creek Trail
Posted On: 2011-06-20, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Summer hiking conditions with a few, very small, patches of snow that were easily walked through or around. No need for snow gear of any kind: gaitors, ice axe, micro spikes, snowshoes, etc. Beautiful trail, some wild flowers were in bloom and the aspen trees have leaved out. Venable Lake is completely thawed with some big fish swimming about. 
Route: Comanche-Venable Loop
Posted On: 2011-06-15, By: miztflip
Info: I climbed Pt 12,873, Venable, Spring and Comanche. I approached via Venable Creek and descended Comanche Creek. Snow is not a problem and can be avoided in the few cases where it is across the trail. Didn‘t do Phantom Terrace but I could see all of it and it looks completely snow free. 

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