Snow in August?

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Colorado, United States, North America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Aug 1, 2004
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Snow in August?
Created On: Mar 4, 2005
Last Edited On: Sep 20, 2007
 The backside of Uncompahgre
Remember I am from Central Texas. Left Lake City @ 8:30 a.m..
The road up to the trailhead is one incredible 4WD experience. I was bouncing like a ball. A one lane, gravel and rock rollercoaster of a ride. Scary at times. Take it real slow. I was never so glad to reach flat solid ground! The hike from the trailhead is a class 1. There are some spots that I would say are a class1+. The real hike begins at the intersection with the Wetterhorn Peak trail. From this point you immediately come to a Class 2 hill. I was tested physically here. Then the trail levels off for the next 100 feet or so. Get ready for what I call "switchback hell." A series of 4-5 steep switchbacks that lead to the back-side of the peak. Hiked up to 14,000 feet and it began to snow. Remember coming from Central Texas we rarely if ever see snow. This is a real treat for me. However a rapidly approaching rain storm cut my ascent short. On the way down it began to sleet. Fortunately I was prepared for all this.Proper preparation is a must for anyone attempting these heights.I recommend this hike for anyone. Some real extremists were going up to the summit as we are descending. Never quite understood taking such chances.






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