"Tincup Peak"  
Condition Updates  
Route: From tincup pass
Posted On: 2021-04-25, By: lkk8815
Info: Parked in the visitors parking for St Elmo, tincup pass road is still closed and there's No Parking signs everywhere else. Road is packed from snowmobiles, but less so the higher up you get. From tincup, I went over to 13050 and then dropped backed down to the road. Snow through the trees was surprisingly supportive and pleasant with snowshoes, but I could see it being a struggle on a warmer day. Watch said 12 miles total. 
Route: Via Tincup Pass
Posted On: 2021-03-19, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: My Corolla handled the icy road on the way in just fine in the AM, but on the way out in the afternoon after a warm day, the road was a mix of mud, water, slush, and ice. It was quite a mess and required careful and slow driving. The Tincup Pass road is nicely groomed by snowmobiles and in great shape. One steep climb right at the end to reach the pass, but it's short and not too difficult. From there, the climb to Tincup's false summit is windblown and almost all snow can be avoided. From the false summit, it's a bit of a chore in the strong wind to get to the true summit because of snow, some of which is icy and slick while other snow is trapdoor city. Carried spikes and snowshoes, but used neither all day. 
Route: from St Elmo
Posted On: 2020-11-20, By: WildWanderer
Info: Approach conditions the same as for Fitzpatrick last week: icy roads. I wore microspikes the entire time, and snowshoes in the basin. microspikes were overkill on the ridge, but I was too lazy to take them off. Snow on ridge was avoidable. 
Route: From Tincup pass
Posted On: 2020-08-05, By: Trotter
Info: Easy class 1/2 walk from tincup pass. Needs a summit register and can, couldn't find one. 
Route: From St. Elmo
Posted On: 2020-02-23, By: Tornadoman
Info: Snowmobile groomer from TH to Tincup Pass. From pass to the summit of Tincup Peak was a combo of dry tundra/scree and snow (never more than a few inches). Used spikes only, carried but did not use snowshoes and an axe. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-12-23, By: dolfh
Info: There is a large parking area on the east side of St. Elmo. Road 267 starts 1/2 mile from the parking lot. I didn't see a better place to park closer to road 267. 267 is solid packed from snowmobile traffic all the way to Tincup Pass. The west facing ridge up to "Tincup Pk" is mostly wind scoured. The slope angle is near 35 degrees below the west ridge point. The summit ridge of "Tincup Pk" has a few areas of deep powder. I used Ascent snowshoes most of the day and trail crampons on the steep section. 
Route: South Ridge via Tincup Pass
Posted On: 2019-12-21, By: supranihilest
Info: The road from St. Elmo is nicely groomed. The grooming ends a few hundred feet below the pass. The snow from the end of the groom to the pass is nasty deep sugar. From the pass conditions are mixed snow (sugar and hard pack)/tundra/rock. The route is obvious. Be mindful of slope steepness. The summit ridge is in good shape. I wore snowshoes the entire way up and down. 
Route: South Ridge from Tincup Pass & St. Elmo
Posted On: 2019-12-03, By: supranihilest
Info: Chalk Creek Drive to St. Elmo is plowed, and I parked down the road from the Tincup Pass Road. Tincup Pass Road is not maintained but is used by snowmobilers and I was able to easily hike the entire road. About four miles in I switched to snowshoes which helped, but they were by no means necessary. Once I put them on I wore them all the way to the summit ridge of "Tincup Peak" where I went back to boots. Above treeline is largely windblown but there's still some large snowfields, which are very posthole-y, nothing show stopping though. The summit ridge is drier on its western margin and the summit cairn/windbreak is full of snow, so don't expect a shelter from the wind. If only doing "Tincup Peak" return to the pass, otherwise continue on to other peaks. 
Route: south ridge
Posted On: 2019-11-18, By: Marmot72
Info: Road mostly dry to St Elmo. Road from St Elmo snowpacked from the start, so I parked and walked all of it. Road had several sustained icy sections. My way was made much easier by the continuous wheel tracks. The road mostly dried up before reaching the pass. Likewise, the mountain itself was mostly dry, but the trail from Tin Cup Pass climbing a bit steeply to the east was distinguished as a line of snow at its start. From the top of that point, the ridge running north held one brief section of snow that could not be easily avoided, then a longer section that I paralleled on some rocks. Summit cairn held packed snow, which I knocked aside in the vain search for a register. 
Route: From Tincup Pass
Posted On: 2019-08-24, By: Flyingfish
Info: Dry all the way to the summit 

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