Mt. Ouray  
Condition Updates  
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-22, By: graberz
Info: Road was clear to trail head. Trail starts dry through the lower aspens. As it converges into the drainage there is mushy snow on and off nearly to tree line. You can avoid it all with some bushwhacking, we stayed right and at times went higher. Gaining the ridge you can avoid snow or cross small snow fields and stay on grass slopes and restively supportive boulders. We never really found a distinct trail on the slopes. Ridge to summit did have snow on the the trail that was supportive in the morning, but wasn't a big deal to post hole through on way down. We never used snow shoes or micro spikes. There was relatively high winds today while on the ridge with a southernly Wind, that made us cover up. 5:45 car to car. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-07, By: desertdog
Info: Snow is melting quick. There is snow for about a third of the way on the approach and we used snowshoes. We used spikes gaining the ridge, but you could avoid the snow and skip spikes. Going down the snow is mush in the tress making snowshoes worthless, but it's not very far. This is would be a good hike if you are looking for almost summer conditions. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-28, By: blazintoes
Info: Able to drive with snow tires to Grays Creek TH. Got on east ridge ASAP because of a couple 'wumpfs' in the trees. Scary. Ice trekkers from ridge to summit were helpful. Wind kicked up over the hump. Summit views pretty awesome! Trekkers were a hindrance on descent. Blazed straight down at saddle d/t wind and directly into Grays creek and can say this was the first time I remember descending in snowshoes being more work then ascending. Came back to car and snowmobilers tried to break in unsuccessfully. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-17, By: VeraUndertow
Info: Trail from Grays Creek was covered with snow above 10k on the way up, I post holed thru the snow up to around 11k. Snowshoes might have been helpful today but it was rarely above calf high anyways. Around 11k I took the rocky side of the Grays Creek drainage up to the ridge which got me around the rest of the post holing. Above treeline the east ridge is mostly dry, with inconsequential/mostly avoidable snow fields on the way up. Perfect weather today with only a light breeze had all the snow right around treeline melting out, so on the way down I connected with the Grays Creek drainage right from the basin and only did a little extra post holing before I found my tracks from before. A lot of snow had melted out on my way down and was turning into mashed potato texture, id expect it to be pretty iced over below treeline in the coming mornings, and traction might be helpful. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-06, By: Ptglhs
Info: There's a pretty good trail to follow for the first 1200 vertical feet or so. After that it kind of Fades out for a bit before regaining the ridge where it is mostly evident. Rather than following the route on all Trails I swung wide to the east on the south-facing ridge. This allowed me to skirt a couple hundred vertical feet of an annoying looking Talus field. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-19, By: Snow_Dog_frassati
Info: All was as advertised. High winds 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-05, By: CaptCO
Info: Smoke has mostly cleared, no snow on route. Class 2 route with a couple C3 options. Didn't see anyone on a bluebird Saturday. No water on the whole route, Plan for 2-3hr up and 1-2 down 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-22, By: spoony
Info: Hiked from Marshall Pass this afternoon. Had the mountain mostly to myself but the road to the trailhead was kinda busy. Smoke definitely affected visibility but it did not seem as thick on the trail as it is down in Salida. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-15, By: durkan
Info: Made the potential idiotic call to go hiking in the smoke. Tagged Ouray then Chipeta: my 50th and 51st 13ers (excluding repeats). Nice trail up to treeline from Marshall Pass, then a faint trail most of the way from the ridges to Ouray. Chipeta had some faint trails, but for the most part it felt like tundra dodging to the best of your ability. After Chipeta, I took trial 1409 down to the CT/CDT in hopes to have a nice, quick trail back to Marshall Pass and get more water for the dog and I, but it was unbeknownst to me that this was the Monarch Crest Trail. Dog and I spent a lot of time getting out of the way. This was no problem, but we even ran across dirt bikes on the trail which was real strange... Other than the smoke, great day for the pup and I. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-04, By: cougar
Info: Summer conditions, but a small snowfield at the turn to the ridge proper obscures the trail, best to go over the talus there. Take the trail straight from the trailhead instead of the route to the right in the description, it follows the same route. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-02, By: brauda02
Info: Climbed the west ridge as part of my Durango -> Longs hike. There is no snow on the ridge. I though this was a really fun climb. Class 2 scamper. I ascended from the 4x4 parking area and descend from the Apache Creek Trail. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: sdicenso
Info: Had to park along the road at the trailhead, since someone with a camper decided to set up there in the parking lot. The trail was snow free all the way. Finding our way up to the ridge took a while trying to avoid the never ending rock. Once on the ridge I walked too far south and missed the trail. Stay a little further north to jump onto it. Neverending switchbacks to the summit. It was super windy the second half of the day which wore us out, so we just took a few pics and headed down. Lots of wildflowers. Only saw 3 others outside of our group of 4. A lot of people camping and riding atv's up the road, but luckily it stopped when we went to bed. There were some strange noises from Manbearpig at nighttime, but luckily I slept in the back of my vehicle, so he couldn't get me. Really warm overnight, so had to unzip my mummy bag. Some humidity hiking up the valley and mosquitoes galore, don't forget the bug spray or a torch. Swarms of moths were attacking us on the way down. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: overthe59hill
Info: Conditions are great. Small, avoidable snow patches on the ridge. Weather on June 12 was great. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-26, By: pmp6
Info: Great trail in great conditions. We decided to bring microspikes, but they never came out of the backpack. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-23, By: Danger_D
Info: From road 200c is you keep going past the bathroom across a small field you will find a faint trail that is continuous to treeline. Because of some small snow patches and downed trees it can be hard to follow, but I managed pretty easily making logical choices. Right above treeline is the only sizable snow field, but if you head climbers left it gets smaller. Microspikes in the morning would be helpful, but I managed with just boots and poles. Above that field the trail is faint at best, but the route is simple to follow with occasional cairns. Any snow above treeline is easy to avoid and is basically summer conditions. I was surprised by the amount of talus hipping above 13,300, but it was all stable. Don't get fooled after passing the light colored rock around 13,400, its a dishearteningly long way to the summit form there. Pic 1: The snowfield right at treeline Pic 2: Looking up the final steep section after the easy ridge walk Pic 3: From the summit looking north to Tab and Shavano Pic 4: I forgot my camera on the summit for a bit and the marmots will apparently chew on anything 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-02, By: Dan_Suitor
Info: Very similar to last week. TH is clear. Dry for the first 1 mile of hiking then put on the gaiters and spikes. To the right of the trail there is a hill/ridge which is mostly snow free for a bit, but then snow is unavoidable. It was still firm in the morning, so snowshoes were not needed until the mini valley. Stashed the snowshoes once I got to the bristlecone pine forest. I could have used them one more time but managed without them. Getting to the saddle was uneventful. The ridgeline had large patches of snow. There is a trail, but it was easy to lose it due to the patches of snow. At times it was easier to stay on the snow than resort to the rocks. It was a warm day. On the way down the snow got extremely soft and I was post-holing even with the snowshoes. Took the snowshoes off then stayed off the snow as much as possible back to the TH. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-04-27, By: Kcmartinez22
Info: Perfect weather day on Ouray! You can stay mostly dry to about 10,700 by bushwhacking and staying to the right (north) of the trail until the creek splits around 10,700. At that point you can boot over the snow to the base of the drainage. Here we used spikes all the way up to the summit. The slopes out of the armchair are a mix of snow and exposed rock/tundra. The rock is mostly stable. The upper portions of the ridge is mostly snow covered barring exposed rocks in places. We didn't use our snow shoes until we got back down to the top of the drainage. We wore them from that point to the 10,700 cut off to dry bushwhacking. The post holing is unavoidable. But the snow is soft and slushy in the afternoon making it not too difficult to get through it. Road is completely clear. Other than our own prints, we saw Lots of fresh bear tracks. They're awake! 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-04-06, By: Kcmartinez22
Info: Road to TH completely clear. Snow shoes out the gate. Mostly consolidated in the AM. Minimal sinking nearest creek bed. Creek crossings all solid. Made it to the armchair and weather moved in so we bailed. The descent was a complete nightmare. The gully down to the creek bed held, then it was wallowing in knee to waist deep post holing snow until about 1.2 miles from the TH. Where we bushwhacked down a dry ridge to our left. This was much more enjoyable, even with the downed trees. There is still a lot of snow. And after about noon, forget about snow shoes even helping. That all said, gorgeous peak. Head wall to ridge looked fine. Ridge is still pretty snow loaded. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-11-15, By: Athena
Info: Road to trailhead by the cabins has some areas of snow but there are packed tire tracks. 4WD vehicle with good tires would be best. The route is mostly snow free. Gaiters are helpful through a few shallow snowy patches, mostly down in the trees. No microspikes or snowshoes necessary. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-15, By: mjlucarelli
Info: Summer conditions (other than the colder temps), just a light dusting of snow in spots that hadn't melted away yet below treeline. 

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