Mt. Oklahoma  
Condition Updates  
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-26, By: CheapCigarMan
Info: Trail is sparse at times. During the ascent as you go past the Massive / Oklahoma trail split you enter an open area. Just past that I found myself on a higher trail, I believe it leads to North Halfmoon Lakes. I looked down and there was another trail which ran alongside the creek. I scampered down and took it. It came to a nice waterfall. Continuing I came into an avy runout with deadfall. I followed the slope up from there. This ran parallel just south of the standard route. I only crossed the creek once. On the descent I followed the standard route and without question the ascent route was much easier. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-18, By: PikaSteve
Info: Both creeks are low enough to have plenty of log or jump crossing options. Flowers and mosquitoes are both in plentiful summer conditions. Be prepared for lots of loose dirt and small rocks on the “grassy” slope. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-04, By: mijoflynn
Info: Both the grassy slope and the southeast ridge are now free of snow. 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-05, By: two lunches
Info: the first creek after the split from the North Halfmoon Lakes trail was high and fast following the monsoon surges this season. because the log crossing was too icy to cross safely early in the morning, our group ended up walking through about 6-8" of water in a gentle spot on our ascent (but the log was thawed out by the time we headed back). the "grassy" ramp out of the basin is definitely more rock than grass, and microspikes were extremely helpful both ways. at the top, there is one deep (but short) snowfield to circumnavigate to reach the true summit, but easily avoidable. 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-13, By: kwhit24
Info: Hiked the loop with Deer and K49. Only unavoidable snow is shown in the previous post. There is a little at the top too. On the approach to Deer the snow is avoidable and all Class 2+ until the last 100' from the summit. Still some snow which requires some maneuvering leading to more difficult moves but they are short. No snow over to K49 or on the ridge coming off K49. There is snow to navigate when heading back into the basin but we were able to avoid it all just barely before or creek crossings 12.71 miles; 5,011' gain; 9 hours 20 min Start about 5:30am; Mt. Oklahoma 8:30am (15min break); Deer Mtn 10:45am; K49 12:30pm (20 min break); TH 3:00pm 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-13, By: jbealer
Info: Almost all the snow can be avoided. depending on the time of day and your skills you may want spikes and an axe or you might be fine in your shoes and nothing for the one snow field up the final slope. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2022-05-15, By: k_fergie
Info: Thanks SnowAlien for that photo of Oklahoma, its in fat! Was feeling very tired after 3 straight days of skiing 13ers and was considering bailing on our Sunday plan of Oklahoma, that is until we saw how good it looked. Skied great at about 945 AM after an hour waiting for it to bake, nice soft corn. We thought that timing was good. Although, we watched another party drop around 1045 with binoculars from the valley and it looked like they were able to avoid letting it get too sloppy. Easily drivable to the French/Casco TH. Higher clearance 4x4 could get to North Halfmoon creek no problem. Snow in the trees was absolutely awful. Post holing to the hips, switch to skis, post hole in skis. Skinned from ~11k to 12.5k, then booted the SE face. Excellent coverage, best I've seen it in the past couple years that I can remember. Tried to get creative to eek out more snow on the exit, ended up having to ford north halfmoon creek (which is flowing very high), a true adventure 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2021-10-31, By: Anima
Info: The North Halfmoon TH is still accessible by vehicle. There were two cars, a 4runner, and a truck, parked there. The route has a light dusting of snow on it for the first mile and beyond that, there were 6 to 12 inches of snow. The steep grass slope that starts at 12,700' is actually fairly dry, but the ridge above holds considerable snow. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2021-10-23, By: wintersage
Info: There are patches of snow and ice from the upper TH to the summit, but traction is really only needed for the final 1000ft before the summit. There is some postholing as well but still not enough to warrant flotation. It was a sporadically gusty day today but much milder than forecasted. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2021-08-09, By: blazintoes
Info: From Elbert closure this was 15 miles r/t Started early to avoid T Storms but it was very wet from recent monsoons. Wore rain gear and gaiters. The wet ground made the 500' scree slog up and down more enjoyable. My third time up this peak and this time with BFF's The wildflowers and mushrooms were wild and mosquitoes were mean. No views from top unfortunately since we were in the clouds. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-16, By: khavos
Info: Road to TH and most of the trail is dry. Some avoidable snow in the trees before you pop out above tree line. 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-09, By: coopereitel
Info: I did Oklahoma coming off of the Massive SW Slopes to make for a longer day. The cutoff from the main trail is well marked. You go up to a big boulder then there are a handful of cairns with a faint trail behind (there should be a picture below). This is at 11,600' just like Roach's description. Then the a stream crossing or two and further snaking through the woods. The trail segments I followed took me to the avy path. I placed a rock on top of a topless tree where I went out of and back into the woods and this seemed to be a good spot. Go up the path then to the base of what I will name the "Suck Gully." It was steep and loose, but really not all that bad. Then at the top it is self-explanatory to the summit. There is no register that I was able to find fyi. The descent of the gully was some fun scree skiing. Then follow the route in, out. I detailed this in the report for Massive but just as an overview: 4x4s can make it to the TH and other cars to probably .4 miles below the TH. You will see what I am talking about and can make your own call. This made a pretty good add on to Massive, also so you don't have to make a special trip for a Centennial. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-03, By: durkan
Info: Pup and I didn't see a soul once off trail all day. Fun bushwhacking from the trail to treeline. There does seem to be a trail that goes to summit once you gain the ridge after the slopes, but after ascending the said 'fun' southern slope, I opted to ascending and descending the larger talus since it was mostly stable. Coming back from injuries, but 5 hrs round trip. Smoke was definitely denser out west, but ok in that area today. 
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Route: Direct Ridge from Massive
Posted On: 2020-09-18, By: Eli Watson
Info: Mt Massive SW Slopes > "Massive Green" > "North Massive" > "North North Massive" > Mt Oklahoma from 10,200' on Halfmoon Rd Nothing new to report on Massive SW Slopes. Other users have done a good job of detailing the conditions recently. No secret that it's one of the few dry routes in the Sawatch by now. Ridge to "Massive Green" > "North Massive" > "North North Massive" has less trivial snow to cross. Felt comfortable without traction 12:30 - 1:30 PM in my Mutants but be careful. "North Massive" summit register needs fresh paper. Ridge direct to Oklahoma is nothing short of spectacular. Seriously so much fun. Choose-your-own-adventure on the down climbs from "North North Massive" to the saddle low point. Can traverse around on the right if you want to avoid some committed down climbs. Nothing over class 4 in my book but debating climbing grades is all the rage right now. Can get as spicy as you please, but the ridge really lends itself to staying on the ridge crest on stable rocks. Climbing Oklahoma's summit ridge is a buffet of 'choose-your-own-adventure'. Either hang down to the right to avoid real scrambling to ascend snow-pocked class 2 scree and talus, hang left from the saddle low point to keep it class 3 and sneak around to Oklahoma's easier ridge, but true scramblers will feast on the ridge proper. Oklahoma's standard route descent was the loosest rock I experienced all day. Alpine tundra is prime time red right now, but the willows are still green even at 12,000'. Air quality was meh. An excellent Trip Report for this route can be read here: https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=20539 Will upload photos when I get to a full computer. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-12, By: Scott Conro
Info: Route is dry, but we had mosquitos swarming us all the way to 13,500ft! Bring bug spray or an extra liter of blood! 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-03, By: Dan_Suitor
Info: Creeks are running full. There must be a mineral in the creeks which make the logs/rocks super slippery. One snow field I started to cross was very punchy. After a few post holes, I decided to go around it. Not much of a detour. Beautiful views from the top. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes and South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: supranihilest
Info: Nice trail to the ridgelet that gives access to the upper basin. A couple of minor creek crossings. A GPS is useful in finding the ridgelet. There's one creek crossing off-trail that's just below a gorge - the log I crossed on was like ice, super treacherous. The upper basin has a couple of snowfields, one unavoidable. The gully to the upper slopes is steep and stupid loose. It was quite slow going. The upper slopes have a giant snowfield still, and the snow was very posthole-y. No traction or axe needed though. Short, dry hike above the snow to the summit. The south ridge (to Deer) is dry and all Class 2. A bit loose in spots but kot as bad as it looks. 
Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-23, By: mountainman102
Info: Road is dry all the way up to the 4WD lot, but we parked below that. There were a few patches of snow (Image 1) that were mostly avoidable until over 13,000 feet. Here, there was one large snowfield (Image 2) with some rock patches. We had crampons and ice axes, but only ended up using the axes (nice to have the extra-security). On the descent, we hiked down to the right (East) skirting almost the entirety of the snow only crossing about 20 feet of it in which we post-holed. If you do not mind walking a little further, the snow is getting close to being completely avoidable. 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: arianna2
Info: Quite a bit of snow above treeline yet. You probably can hike most of it on Rock but I preferred walking on the snow. Spikes needed. A good freeze the night before made the snow conditions perfect so no postholing for us but i imagine that is variable. Don't let your hat fly off when you're glissading, it's a b**** going back up😄 
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Route: Southeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-16, By: kkirch
Info: Very little snow below treeline, not even particularly wet or muddy. Was able to easily find spots to jump over for the two creek crossings. Final 700ish feet to the summit is on low angle snow, I felt better donning spikes and brandishing an axe. 

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