Hunts Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-13, By: brianr56
Info: Road to TH from US285 in good shape - should be passable by most sedans. Trail is overgrown at bottom but still easy to follow. Less so on climb to ridgeline but clear burned area makes it simple to head in generally the right direction. No difficulties after gaining ridge. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-05-18, By: malogos
Info: All gates open. Full summer conditions. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-12-20, By: shredthegnar10
Info: Ankle-deep snow on the trail up along the creek, knee deep/a bit of postholing for one section maybe 100 feet long about 1/4 mile before the turn left to skirt the ridge. Light snow on the ridge. A few slippery spots but no real need for traction. Road is consistently snowcovered starting about 1/4 mile below the "first" trailhead (where the road turns sharply south towards Rock Creek). The nearby peaks of the northern Sangres looked similarly barren. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-11-08, By: Jan van Tilburg
Info: Still summer conditions today, except for the temps and windchill. Really hardly any snow the entire way.┬áBasically the same as the last conditions report. Drive to trailhead is slow but easy in a Subaru. Parked before first creek. Both creeks are easily crossable. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-10-31, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Summer conditions today, except for the temps and windchill. Negligible snow the entire way. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-09-15, By: Steve_P
Info: Road is dry but not sure about taking a typical passenger car too far on it. An Outback can easily make it to the camping spots Bill mentions. After that there are two easy creek crossings , but the first has a large rock in it. No problem for a Tacoma to clear, but not sure if an Outback could dodge it. Stock 4WD Tacoma can easily make it to the TH today. Two parking spots on the RH past the first creek crossing and just before the second. Second crossing is only a few inches deep. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-06-06, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Snow is mostly avoidable. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-05-21, By: angry
Info: Sunset summit. Mostly dry until ~10,900 where you leave road to gain ridge. From that point snow is continuous to summit with a couple dry talus and tundra sections. Did not use flotation. Climbed route in approach shoes and only post holed occasionally. Nice, easy hike with great views. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-05-20, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: I made it to the top, but I cannot recommend this hike right now, particularly if you have only 2WD vehicle. Even in the best of conditions, the 980 road in there is not a 2WD winner in my opinion. Add recent rain, and it's basically impossible. My Toyota Corolla was probably only one bad steering move away from being checkmated by the mud. Had a terrible time trying to back down the road and turn around....lots of scrapes and scratches, but at least I did it. Tires were absolutely caked in mud. Pulled off and did the hike anyway, starting from about 8600 feet and hiking an extra 2.7 miles each way to the trailhead. The upper 2500 feet has fresh snow up to about 3-6 inches....difficult to deal with on the steep slope, impossible to avoid. I would either wait a week for this to melt or be sure to bring sturdy poles. To add insult to injury, this must have been the worst wind at a summit I've ever experienced. Lost a glove in the gale (approx 60mph gusts). The fresh snow is beautiful to look at, but I consider myself lucky to get myself and my car out of there without further complications. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-05-16, By: WildWanderer
Info: All gates are now open. The creek crossing just before the trailhead is easy to hop across. Very little snow below treeline, and most of the snow above treeline can be avoided. I didn't use any sort of traction today. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-02, By: Trotter
Info: Summer conditions. Fairly soggy below treeline, and quite a few mosquitoes. Note there's enough high plants and grass on the route that recent rain or dew will get you wet from the knees down pretty fast. Steep climb. The burned trees are really quite pretty. An alabaster forest. I put in a crappy summit register. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-27, By: Flyingfish
Info: Old jeep road is a little muddy but nothing unmanageable. Essentially not snow except for a few hundred feet right at the base of the last climb but all easily avoidable. No summit register so maybe bring one if you are next up. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: mikemalick
Info: You can completely avoid snow if you want. Only real snow areas are in the saddle between PT 12,100' and the final ridge up to Hunts Peak. Dropping off PT 12,100', I stayed off the first snow patch by keeping to the far left. I then decided to cross the longer snow along the line you can see. It was plenty supportive early in the day and starting to complain a little by 11:15 AM on the way back down, but only a couple post holes. You can skip all the snow if you want. Pic 1 is coming out of the trees looking up to PT 12,100' and the final ridge to the summit. Pic #2 is looking into the saddle from PT 12,100' and up the ridge. Pic #3 was after crossing the 2nd snow patch along the red line shown in previous pic. Last pic is coming down from the summit looking back at the saddle snow. Again, you can bypass all the snow if you want. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2019-11-14, By: supranihilest
Info: I parked near US 285 because my small car couldn't drive up the road; know which road(s) to take to get to the trailhead! From the locked gate at the trailhead the snow begins. There's patchy snow/ice prior to that but nothing major. There's a great trench all the way up the old road and microspikes may be of some use on the icier parts; I did not use any but that's a personal call. When the road starts switchbacking up near the Oxcart fire burn scar just cut off the road and stay on relatively dry, west facing slopes. If you continue on the road around to the northern toe of the ridge you'll find yourself on very steep slopes with shin deep sugar snow on top. Best to avoid that nonsense and stick with dry slopes if you can. These west facing, dry slopes are quite loose due to the lack of vegetation holding them together but they aren't particularly dangerous, just irritating. Continue to the ridge crest then south on still mostly dry ground. Hunts Peak becomes visible from the ridge crest and the route finding is obvious. There's a couple large snowfields near the saddle with the approach ridge and Hunts itself but they're trenched out for the most part, just follow the footprints and/or dry sections where available. Return the way you came up. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2019-11-03, By: rivrrapids
Info: 4wd needed to get to TH. Route has mainly ankle deep snow with some areas getting to shin deep. Upper slopes have areas of wind drifted snow. I did not take snowshoes. Had microspikes with me but didn't use them. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2019-06-17, By: Tornadoman
Info: Descended the west slopes after going up another ridge to the right for a minor "tour de Hunts" basin. The standard route is dry until the summit pitch which has a bit of snow left. A bit hard on the ascent but soft on the descent. We did not use any gear, but someone really uncomfortable on snow might want spikes. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2019-05-27, By: RWinters
Info: Snow starts intermittently starting at 10k until 10,800 ft and the turnoff. The first 2-300 ft have melted out but solid snow starts above 11,100. Traction is helpful after a freeze. I wished I would have packed it since I was kicking steps in the steepest part of the ridge. Solid snow for the most part along the west slopes approach with intermittent patches of rock as it slowly melts out. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2018-06-19, By: cardgenius
Info: Summer conditions. Easy to follow route. Look for the carins on the steep slope once you leave the old road, they make it a bit easier. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2018-04-29, By: Flips
Info: The road to Rock Creek Trailhead off Hwy 285 is gated and closed (seasonal closure). 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2017-11-12, By: drop_bear
Info: A few inches of snow on the trail before the ridge. Ridge up to tree line is clear. Tree line to summit has mostly avoidable snow patches. 
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