Colonial Peak- June 30, 2016

July 02, 2016 Posted by: Climbing Rangers
Colonial Peak: June 30 

Approach to Colonial is snow free until the traverse into the basin (~5500'). The section between Pyramid Lake up to the stagnant ponds on the ridge (~4500') is dry as is typical for this time of year. The moraine lake is mostly frozen and just starting to thaw out. Bivy sites on the moraine/rock directly above the lake are melted out with a few large puddles for easy water access. The Colonial Glacier still has a lot of seasonal snow cover making for easy and straightforward travel to the Stump, Pyramid and over to the Colonial –Snowfield col. The gully up to the W ridge of Colonial has snow. The traverse over to the summit of Colonial is about 50/50 scree/snowfield. From the top of Colonial, the Neve Glacier appears to still have good coverage.

Photo below shows the Colonial Glacier basin:

Colonial Glacier

Photo below shows Paul Bunyan's Stump, Pinnacle Peak, and Pyramid:
Peaks of the Snowfield/Colonial region

-Climbing Rangers

Last updated: July 2, 2016

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