Rinker Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-11, By: Tim A
Info: Cornice continues blocking the top of the south slope. Talked to a hiker descending today who went climber's left (West) and described a sketchy 10' ascent through the cornice at its narrowest point, where a fall would be potentially unstoppable down a gully. He recommended I steer climber's right (East) which I did and thereby avoided the snow entirely. No snow of any consequence on the ridge to Rinker or to the Twin Peaks to the East. The south slope is quite eroded and made for an unpleasant descent. Bypass down the saddle between the Twins looked to still hold some snow and was even steeper than the SR and also looked very eroded so I opted to retrace my steps back over UN13,333. 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-07, By: JosephG
Info: South slopes route essentially snow free, except for a small cornice before gaining the Rinker/Twins saddle. 
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Route: NE Ridge via the Twin Peaks
Posted On: 2022-06-05, By: daway8
Info: Did this Bicentennial by coming up the NE Ridge over the 2 unranked 13ers, Twin Peaks B NorthEast and Twin Peaks B then down the standard South Slopes route. Started from Willis Gulch trailhead but left the trail at 0.86mi at about 9,730ft to follow a small drainage up to the ridge. First small patches of snow seen at 11,200ft but overall 90% of the snow seen along the route was easily avoidable. For the few small patches that were too much trouble to bypass, no flotation or traction was needed. Route above treeline had more scrambling than expected but still basically class 2 or maybe 2+ depending on the line you pick (could milk it for a small amount of class 3 if desired). Descent route was dry as was the valley. Some old avy debris occasionally made the trail hard to find but wasn't too bad overall. Missed a turn but was able to loop back over to the right spot thanks to GAIA. There were lots of willows both going up the ridge and in the valley but thankfully they had only just barely started to bud. Wouldn't want to do this route when they're in full bloom. 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2021-12-04, By: dwoodward13
Info: 1-2 inches of snow below treeline. Above treeline in the willow patches you can find some deeper snow. 99% dry the rest of the way. Brought spikes, but never used them. Could have worn trailrunners. Feels more like September than December. Likely will be obsolete after Tuesday. 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2021-11-14, By: osprey
Info: The only significant trail information I would like to add is there is a section of trail completely covered by tree down fall. It is not a long section but it took a while on the ascent to determine a path. It was easier to solve the maze on the descent. After summiting via the route described on the forum, I descended the Rinker-Twin Peaks ridge to it's low point and then turned south into Willis Gulch. This worked out very well rather than descending the ascent route. 
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Route: Twin Peaks B Saddle Descent after Rinker Peak
Posted On: 2021-10-31, By: angry
Info: Mostly dry. Did not bring traction or flotation and have no regrets. Less mileage/gain than previous report (12.4 miles ~4850'). 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2021-10-24, By: arthurtect
Info: Trail was mostly dry and easy going, but recommend you bring microspikes. I used my on the ridge ascent to Rinker. There is also some solid ice on the trail about 3-miles in before the avalanche debris. Should have put mine back on coming down, because the light snow that fell hid some of the ice and down I went! Also traversed over to Twin Peaks B and Twin Peaks B Northeast. 14.5 miles and 5860' of gain. 
Route: Twin Peaks B Saddle Descent after Rinker Peak
Posted On: 2021-10-19, By: Kiefer
Info: Eastern slope from Willis Trail is completely snow free. From the saddle to the summit of Rinker, large, patchy snow. No more than a few inches deep, dry stuff. No need for traction. Gaiters would be nice though. 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2021-10-17, By: Delprincipe_mike
Info: The snow below tree line mostly melted out by the end of the day. Some snow on the ridge to the summit but didn't need traction. 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2021-10-02, By: gcook33
Info: Once you're out of the trees that ascent to the saddle is steeeeep. Fun route overall. Snow shows up around 12.5k. Continuous snow from Twin peaks/Rinker saddle to Rinker summit (2-3 inches). Very manageable with just a pair of good winter hiking boots. 
Route: South Slopes to South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-11, By: LetsGoMets
Info: (Accidentally) took Rinker's South Slopes to its South Ridge, above the saddle of 13,302 and Rinker Peak. Would not recommend this for anyone - very loose and not great to the ridge. From that side of the ridge, 2+ to Rinker's summit, and onto Twin Peaks. Trail up into the basin is fantastic and mostly soft, summer conditions. No register on the summit. Sign descriptions in the route description on this site are off as the signs have been updated. Directions are correct, but if you're looking for accurate verbiage, generally just keep heading towards Hope Pass until you get to a junction on the CDT. Turn right for Big Willis Lake at the Big/Little trail split (Little stays on the CDT). 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-11, By: supranihilest
Info: The trail from Willis Gulch Trailhead is easy to follow until about 10,600' when it runs into a massive pile of avalanche debris. Here the trail splits and you'll want to go up and (mostly) around the debris pile. The remaining trail to the cutoff for Rinker's south slopes is easy. There are switchbacks up the first half or so of the slopes, then it's a straight shot to the ridge. The ridge itself is covered in talus all the way to the summit. The best descent, even if you do the Twin Peaks as well, is to return via Rinker's south slopes, even if you add the Twin Peaks; the Twin Peaks saddle gully descent is terrible, very steep and incredibly loose. I wore microspikes down the gully due to how loose it was. Conditions on this route likely changed significantly between my summit and now; it was snowing and blowing hard and harder while I was up there and there's likely been a decent amount of accumulation up high. 
Route: Twin Peaks B Saddle Descent after Rinker Peak
Posted On: 2020-07-17, By: Trotter
Info: Summer conditions. Note the avy debris has still not been fully cleaned up. Several times you have to go off trail or clamber over logs. Also, once you hit treeline, there are large patches of willows almost in tunnel closeness for about a mile. Cannot be bypassed, and if it has rained recently you will get sopping wet. Bring rain pants if its rained in past 24 hours. Otherwise fun route. 
Route: Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: WildWanderer
Info: Summer conditions below treeline, very little snow above treeline, and all avoidable. No traction needed. Summited Twin Peaks first, took the ridge to Rinker, and went back the way I hiked in. 
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Route: Willis Gulch Approach
Posted On: 2020-04-26, By: supranihilest
Info: The freeze overnight was weak and the snow is awful. I found numerous spots of punch crust with bottomless facets below. I turned around after about 3 miles since it had taken me hours to get that far with the poor conditions. There's also significant avalanche debris still piled up in the gulch near 10,800 feet that was a pain to climb through. I'd perhaps be more inclined to take the full ridge next time. 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2019-08-01, By: RWinters
Info: Update: There were 3 avalanche fields to deal with, however the Forest Service was up there as I was descending. The first debris field is around 10,600. It has been cleared. The 2nd debris field at about 10,800 (picture) May/May not be cleared. FS was not sure they could get it cleared or have time. Debris field #3 is minor with a few quakes aspen trees at about 11k. Snow on the ridge is avoidable. 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-10, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Identical to the previous conditions report from July 7th, but just wanted to add my own personal rating system to the avy debris fields. ;) There are 4 distinct areas of avy debris: - The first one, kinda sucks, but one can muddle through, but better to leave the trail and traipse through (in a flattish area) away from the creek and then venture back to the trail. - The 2nd and 3rd really suck, BUT...there is a faint, climber's trail that has been established to heads uphill, near the start of these sections of debris. Keep your eye peeled and you should see it. If you get into horrendous downed stuff, back up and look for the faint climber's trail...or just a better way to get around this, that goes uphill a bit. - The 4th is just a minor annoyance. Mainly you'll be stepping over knee high debris, that covers the trail. Also, there is still some snow on the ridge, but it was easy to kick steps into (think Quandary). I did use microspikes, but probably wasn't necessary. PM me if you want pics of specifics. 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-07, By: bmcqueen
Info: Rinker is predominantly summer conditions. There is still a little snow at the top of the gully, but it is avoidable. Unavoidable, however, are a few avalanche debris fields on the approach. Somewhat time consuming picking our way through those. 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2019-05-20, By: Cereal
Info: Summary: There is a good-sized cornice on the final east ridge up to the summit, and I was unable to summit. The trail is completely dry for the first 1.5 miles (just before photo #6 in the route description) and goes quickly. After that, it is mostly snow, but I was able to bare-boot it just fine. The trail is easy to follow and continues to go quickly, until... Lots of older and newer avy debri after the two log bridges (you are now climber's right of the gulch) make it slow-going and impossible to stay on the actual trail. I would recommend staying as close to the gulch as possible; I ended up getting too far up to the right of the gulch and it wasn't worth the effort. I don't think anybody skis this thing, but there is continuous snow from the ridge down to the gulch on the south slope. There are a handful of dry patches and rock outcroppings to climber's right of the standard route that I hopped between to gain the ridge. Gaining the ridge and looking to the left at the summit, I saw the cornice about 200' below the summit. It is south-facing and pretty substantial. I put on microspikes and went up to take a look, hoping there might be a way around it to the right (north). But I got to about 300' of the summit and turned back, as there was no safe way to pass. I was able to bare-boot it over to the Twin Peaks and down the shoulder. Great views of Elbert and the 13ers south of 82 from the Twins, as well as the Twin Lakes and the Mosquitos! 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2018-06-21, By: desertdog
Info: One of the many things I like about 13ers is the lack of crowds. The only person I saw today was a guy first thing in the morning, backpacking with nothing on but a T-shirt and bright blue bikini underwear. It seemed awfully chilly to be wearing nothing but bikini underwear, but to each his own. Summer conditions all the way. The trail is in deep forest and easy to follow. Once you are high in the basin it is overgrown but still pretty easy to follow. The south slope does have trail segments, but I elected to go straight up. The slope is farther than it looks, so be ready for some suffering. Once on the summit, I could see people on La Plata and was glad I had the summit to myself. I took a quick nap in the quite sun and went over to tag Twin Peaks. No snow on the ridge to them either. Great weather and nice day in the mountains. 
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