James Peak Climbing Notes
Please submit any useful information about climbing James Peak that may be useful to other climbers. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of James Peak, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit.
May 20, 2012
chirp from United States
Climbed March 20. (Goal is to climb every month, 7 to go.)
Snow pack comparable to usual late June, maybe less. Scary for H2O situation.
Went up in 3:30 hours from St Mary's/Fall River Rd trailhead.
Gaiters and ski or trekking poles w/ski baskets recommended for occasional postholing, especially on mid-p.m. descent when snow gets soft around the edges.
Good conditioning hike for 14ers - trails, scrambling ridges, steep couloirs from lakes on NE face.
$5/vehicle parking fee at trailhead. Most guide books don't mention this.