Mt. Ouray  
Condition Updates  
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-26, By: ksteinhaus
Info: Below treeline the trail is well worn in and easy to follow. It seems that many have hiked this route this year and established a trail. Once above treeline, the route is easy to follow, I would suggest following the ridge line as much as possible as scrambling around the sides were much more difficult routes due to the fields of talus and boulders. Wind was a huge factor when I hiked it, gusts easily in the 60-80 MPH range (hard to stand up at times). I would suggest just being prepared to be exposed on the ridge for a extended period of time if you hike this. Cheers and happy hiking! 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-13, By: Flyingfish
Info: Summer conditions all the way up with a few snow patches just off route 
Route: East Ridge / Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-13, By: zinj
Info: Almost summer. Most snow can be avoided, a few short low-angle crossings may still present themselves for the next week or two. On ascent to east ridge, the trail does exist- it's often farther east (gains the ridgeline lower) than you might think. On northeast ridge - not really a trail present for most of the route above the Bristlecone forest. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-30, By: ma1919
Info: Some small snowfields remain above treeline, but all can be easily bypassed or crossed with calf-deep postholing at worst. None longer than 100 ft or so, most are much shorter. There is lots of water along and over the trail below treeline - expect wet feet. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-30, By: RhodoRose
Info: West Slope route is snow-free, save for an entirely avoidable, small snow field just out of the trees which is melting fast. Summer conditions on the entire ridge. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-23, By: Kody Aigner
Info: Route can be completed without taking more than a step or 2 into snow at this point in the season. At the trailhead, do not enter at the CDT sign but follow the road back down east for a good 100 yards until the stream passes beneath the road to save yourself some wet feet. Angle NNW from there and you'll hit the very faint trail eventually, if not just keep bushwhacking your way to the ridge. If you hit the snowfield at tree line it can be avoided by following it west just a little ways. The last mile to the summit is a continuous steep talus scramble so be prepared to get up and down that before afternoon weather. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-17, By: cloudkicker
Info: The route is in 90% summer condition. Almost all snow on the route can be avoided, except for a withering snowfield at treeline. But if you angle climbers left along treeline you can find a spot to cross it for about 20' instead of 100' or more if you approach it directly. All this is moot since this snowfield will probably be gone within a week or so. We brought microspikes but didn't use them. Will return to post photos later today once I've pulled them from the camera. Stay tuned. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-05-27, By: Rio_Fording
Info: Attempted Ouray's east ridge with some friends yesterday, made it up to around 13,200 before turning back due to a late start, a generally slow pace with a lot of stops, and some ominous looking clouds building behind the summit once it came back into view on the ridge. The Marshall Pass road up to the trailhead was in great shape, dry summer conditions. We didn't drive it any farther, but talked to someone who said the top of the pass and the west ridge trailhead were still not accessible from the east due to snow in the road. I don't know if that is accessible from the west side or not. The east ridge trail was great for a mile or so, then disappeared under snow. There were a few spots here and there where snowshoes would have been nice, but definitely not enough to make it worth carrying them the rest of the way. All of us but one guy had spikes/crampons that made it easier above treeline, but it could be managed without. From our view before turning back, the final pitch up the summit appeared completely covered in snow, but looked doable had we got an earlier start or been in better shape to have a faster pace. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-05-16, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: General conditions on Mt. Ouray from US 285, near Poncha Pass. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-05-05, By: supranihilest
Info: The snow on the ascent was great - nicely frozen and supportive. The trail is a bit hard to find in the snow, but you can probably follow my tracks. I used snowshoes (the heel riser bars were super useful) from the final creek crossing, where things started getting steep, all the way to treeline where things flattened out in the basin. From there the snow was kind of meh. The postholing wasn't terrible but there was some, and most of the snow I sank 2-3 inches in. On the ascent you will either want to make a beeline to the ridge crest or stay in the basin on snow until the low point of the ridge, then directly up to the ridge top. The ridge seems to be one massive heap of extremely loose talus and you will want to spend as little time on that garbage as possible. The ridge top is better and in some places lower down is dry. The upper ridge is completely snow covered but I did not use floatation, spikes, or an axe anywhere above treeline. On the descent the snow below treeline had turned into thick, wet mush. Completely unsupportive and tons and tons of waist deep postholing, even in snowshoes. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2018-09-23, By: hellmanm
Info: Fall colors are peaking along the Marshall Pass road and on the lower slopes of Mt. Ouray. Summer hiking conditions too! 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2018-09-07, By: jeffth5
Info: There is a trail! Walk past the cabin up into the meadow and look between the trees for the start. It disappears at tree line - just keep going up. It appears and disappears on the ridge, but the route is obvious. Conditions are late summer - no snow, but heavy frost in the morning made for very slippery scrambling. Fall colors on the way to Marshall Pass are just beginning to come in - already some great areas of yellow and even orange. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2018-06-24, By: madmattd
Info: Route is clear and dry. I found and followed a good path from just above the cabin to treeline, then bits of trail here and there to the 12,600ft col. I encountered little but loose talus on the final 1300' ascent, with the best footing/terrain right on the ridgecrest (I did bypass the white rock outcropping). Headed North on a mix of rock and grass and footpath segments towards Chipeta before bailing down Little Cochetopa Creek Trail and the CDT, both clear and dry on this side. There is a small snow field on the Eastern side of the Little Cochetopa Creek Trail right below the saddle. Watch out for the mountain bikers on the CDT, most announced their presence well in advance, but not all did. They were the only people I ran into all day, I had the mountain to myself. Road up was bumpy and rough in places, with a few good holes to dodge, but easily passable in a low-clearance passenger car with some patience. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-06-11, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Easy to follow trail through Aspen and Bristlecone Pine forests. Creek crossings are abundant but made simple with downed trees to use to get across. Blaze your own trail to the shoulder and ridge. The more you angle up toward the false summits, the less steep you'll be (and probably happier). There is a trail up there, though if you can find it... which if you do find it will make your life infinitely better once you hit the shoulders. We discovered it about halfway up after some rock-hopping. One small snow patch, easily avoidable. First photo - Yellow = our route up; did similar coming back down apart from where blue line starts - that's where we went down. Significantly steeper than the yellow line. Second photo - View of Mt. Ouray from the road to the TH. Approximate route. May not be fully accurate on slope up face. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2018-06-02, By: GregMiller
Info: Only snow patches around are off route and completely avoidable. Agree with the previous report, trail right after the cabin is hard to follow, and I did end up following a path to climber's of the gpx. Note - on the way down, there are a series of large cairns way off to the (descending) right, don't follow them, they go way right off the trail. And away from the pass. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2018-05-20, By: dwoodward13
Info: Start of the trail just after the cabin is difficult to see, but a bit further up its pretty easy to find (even in the dark). It trends a bit more climbers right than the GPS track on the site. A few avoidable snow patches here and there otherwise completely dry. I would recommend staying ridge proper on Ouray's West ridge as much as possible (exceptions for bypassing the white rock section). I was below it ascending for a bit and knocked a couple microwave sized rocks down....could have been very bad if I was in a group. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2018-05-10, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Some patches of unavoidable posthole moments in the woods. Any snow on the ridge is easily navigated around. Trail runners to the summit. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2018-04-29, By: Flips
Info: Snow in the forest is still in and really sloppy in the afternoon with constant post-holing. Streams run underneath the snow making for wet conditions when one post-holes. The ridge is basically clear and one can maneuver around what snow there is. Be mindful of the cornices along some parts of the ridge. Edit: Forgot to say road to Marshall Pass has deep snow and you'll have to hike the road 1.5 miles one way to the trailhead. Up to that point easy to navigate. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-04-27, By: jladderud
Info: No snow first mile. Second mile had the most post-holing. Gaining the ridge above the bristlecone pines was relatively snow free. Unavoidable snow from the shoulder to the summit; but it was supported in the late morning. Came down in early afternoon. Snow above treeline was good for plunge stepping. Post holing below treeline. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2017-11-12, By: mikemalick
Info: Didn't use snowshoes. You might find them useful hiking lower down through the trees after the cabin. Did fine without them, but did sink to mid-shin at times. Gaiters were a big plus. Most of he snow after tree line was not an issue. 
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