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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-04-2014, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Default Inspection of Colfax Peak

We took advantage of the last day of sunshine (and cold temperatures) to ski Colfax but turned around about 1hr from the summit. Beautiful day for views and skinning, not so much for skiing. Most of the skiing involved wind crust of variable thickness, the best run was in the shadow of N face of Colfax, almost powder; sweet but short.

Coleman Glacier has good coverage, most of the small to medium crevasses have been filled or covered, the large ones are filling up. There is beautiful ice arch in the large crevasse below Colfax. We had glacier gear and a rope but did not rope up.

The Heliotrope trail has numerous sections of water ice. The creeks are mostly frozen over and easily crossed. We walked up without crampons but put them on for the descent which was a lot faster than finding detours off or on the side of the trail.

The road is drivable all the way to trailhead, the snow has been compressed to a thin layer with slippery sections.

Few pictures including Google Earth map here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/runningclouds/sets
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Is this route safe to snowshoe?
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Is this route safe to snowshoe?


safety is always a decision of the user on the day and time of travel. Check in on snow conditions on CT and avy advisories available through here or on CAC
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Hi wilde108, I agree with with Aqua Terra. To be a bit more specific, if I went up there again, tomorrow and with snowshoes, I would rope up between Hogback and the Baker-Colfax col. Some of the crevasse crossing are solid, no ski penetration. But others are soft wind affected snow and I think to be sure it is best to rope up.

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