Mt. Kreutzer  
Condition Updates  
Route: from Chalk Rock Mtn
Posted On: 2022-08-06, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: Although it's about 1.5 miles south of "Chalk Rock Mtn", you can make fast time on this up-and-down gentle ridgeline, covered mostly in grass. My problems began after reaching Mt. Kreutzer's summit and needing to return to the Ptarmigan Lake trailhead. I decided I didn't want to retrace my route over "Chalk Rock Mtn" and Jones B, although in retrospect, that would've been better. Instead, I spotted both a trail and a fire road in the valley south of Jones. My map showed that the fire road would eventually wrap back around to Jones' east side where I had begun ascending it. However, once you drop below treeline off Mt. Kreutzer and find the trail, be aware the trail doesn't intersect the fire road! That required a rugged, steep bushwhacking with lots of elevation lost. Regaining the elevation once the fire road is found is substantial and probably no better than just going back along the ridges above treeline instead, which is what I wished I would've done. Eventually, you can get back to the Gladstone-Jones saddle, but it wasn't fun after a lot of bushwhacking and a lot of sun on a hot day. It made for a good loop, but just be aware the whole thing is harder than it looks on paper. The terrain on the south side of Jones Mountain B is quite wild and the mountain is enormous so it takes a while to circumnavigate its base, even after you find a trail or a road to follow! Probably much more sensible as a point-to-point hike. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-03, By: malogos
Info: Parked at Garden Basin trailhead. Snow is completely avoidable, so the route is effectively dry. Gaining the ridge is a major pain, though. 
Route: From Emma Burr Mountain
Posted On: 2021-06-21, By: supranihilest
Info: Class 2 from Emma Burr. No snow. 
Route: From Emma Burr
Posted On: 2021-06-17, By: HikerGuy
Info: Summer conditions. Ridge dry from Emma Burr to Kreutzer. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-25, By: Flyingfish
Info: Ridge is straightforward class 2 and a pretty big test on your talus ability. Pass and its lots of fun and quick, fail and it is super tedious. 

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