[cdt-l] Snow in San Juans, lost and found
Ginny & Jim Owen
spiritbear2k at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 6 22:12:32 CDT 2007
An alternative to the Knife Edge is to go down Trout Creek then back up to
the Divide. The distance is a little shorter than the CDT, but there is a
2500' elevation loss and gain. There were a lot of stream crossings which
were a problem early season, but in July that shouldn't be such a problem.
>From: "Karl L. Luce" <k_luce at comcast.net>
>Reply-To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
>To: <cdt-l at backcountry.net>,<erin at ridethegreatdivide.com>
>Subject: Re: [cdt-l] Snow in San Juans, lost and found
>Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 20:14:41 -0600
>Hi Treehuggin' Cowgirl,
>I have no real recent snowpack info to relay. However, since you have the
>Wolf guidebook, you are certainly aware of the Knife Edge. After you round
>the hairpin turn on the edge (going northbound), you are on the
>side of a very steep slope. Horse riders and backpackers, when faced with
>lingering snow (likely due to the north-facing slope), take a bypass
>down to the right that goes down at least 1000 feet. It should be pretty
>apparent as there is a rough cairn marking where you go down into the
>valley. (The "official" CDTA/Westcliffe guidebook states that the slopes
>"have claimed the lives of several horses. Horse parties would be wise to
>descend." My book is the first edition, at least 10 yrs old, and one can
>see that a lot of improvements are in place since its writing so maybe it
>not as bad as it sounds. Still scary for those with fear of heights.
>Sorry I could not be more helpful. Good luck!
>From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
>On Behalf Of erin at ridethegreatdivide.com
>Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 3:38 PM
>To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
>Subject: [cdt-l] Snow in San Juans, lost and found
>I almost forgot! Does anyone have a recent update on snow from Wolf Creek
>Pass to Spring Creek Pass. Any real trouble spots I should avoid?
>Also, I found a camo gortex mens glove near the Chama Wilderness. Any
>I lost a hammerless Smith and Wesson 38 pistol in the Ignacio Chavez. I
>think it's probably way off the trail on a detour I had to take around a
>gate, but if anyone finds it, I'd sure like it back.
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