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James Peak Climbing Notes

  • 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.