Gladstone Ridge  
Condition Updates  
Route: W ridge from Ptarmigan
Posted On: 2022-06-10, By: Trotter
Info: Basically summer conditions. A few short snow patches, quite swampy in areas with willows. Ridgeline is entirely clear of snow. No summit register, someone took the pipe away. 
Route: From North via CR 346
Posted On: 2022-03-19, By: Tornadoman
Info: Parked at the Denny Creek TH and followed Cottonwood Pass Road west to CR 346. Followed CR 346 to about 10,900' where the road starts turning away from the middle of the ridge. At this point we turned south and put in a trench to treeline. From 10,900' to about 12,000' was tough going, fairly steep with frequent knee deep slogging. Above treeline was a mix of bare tundra and a couple inches of snow, with just a couple short sections of deeper snow. Booted road on ascent, snowshoes for the trees, and spikes above treeline. This route was safe today in our opinion, but there are a couple spots that could have some avy risk in higher danger periods. 
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Route: Jonesey Gulch
Posted On: 2021-10-16, By: Jan van Tilburg
Info: Road to trailhead mostly snow free. Up Jonesey Gulch the forest had intermittent snow. Once out of the trees snow easily avoidable. Did wore micro spikes on the way down for the steep parts. (it was steep at times) 
Route: Jonesy Gulch
Posted On: 2021-09-23, By: angry
Info: Alpine start of 1pm. Looking at the topo, heading toward the tarn is inefficient so I skipped it. Took a direct line from parking area which brings you to a clearing with grassy tundra that you can cruise up all the way to summit. This is a nice and easy stroll, especially if you're short on time. No summit register. 
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Route: From Jonesy Gulch
Posted On: 2021-05-29, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: This is a really good, short spring route on an easy peak. Thanks to supranihilest for the inspiration to try this! My Corolla made it to 9800 feet on the road beyond Cottonwood Lake (Chaffee County Road 344). From my car, I walked the road 1.5 miles to 10600 feet, then bushwhacked north straight up the steep slope to the small tarn at 11700 feet, and then up to the summit of Gladstone Ridge. A little bit of soft snow in the trees near the tarn, but all snow above treeline is avoidable. I brought snowshoes but should've left them in the car. I was joined by five mountain goats near the summit! 
Route: Jonesy Gulch
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: supranihilest
Info: An incredibly beautiful ascent; thanks to Paul Stratmoen for the inspiration. There's a small parking area at N 38° 45.6885', W 106° 23.0428' on Chaffee County Road 344. From there simply hike directly north into beautiful aspen forest and directly up the steep hillside. You may want a GPX track to follow just in case because there's no trail here whatsoever and the many, many small creeks cascading down the slope quickly become impossible to keep track of, but essentially just go up the hill. Once above treeline the highest point of Gladstone Ridge is to the right and not visible until nearly on top of it; continue your steep uphill march in that general direction and it will become apparent. There's some snow below treeline but not much and most of it is avoidable. It did snow and rain today so there was a small accumulation of snow above treeline and the rocks were wet. I doubt anyone will ascend this peak for a while, but if for some reason someone goes up in the next day or two be aware the rocks could have verglas on them and the overall ascent could be extremely slick with moisture. 
Route: Via Denny Creek
Posted On: 2017-05-13, By: jasayrevt
Info: 13er summits are an inspiring, invigorating hobby. This classic route is another recommended, straightforward path. Also, incredible views of many quality neighboring Sawatch Range Peaks (i.e. Mt. Yale). Conditions up high were spring bluebird. So, perfect for navigating these slopes and ridge line extremely well. A light pack with trail runners approach was good. I had snowshoes but didn't need them. Climb safely mountaineers. Pictures have been included as beta 
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