Eldorado Conditions July 22nd, 2014

July 29, 2014 Posted by: Climbing Ranger

Snow line on the approach route is about 5,500ft, above the boulder fields just as Eldorado Basin is attained.  Impacted sites are just beginning to melt out in Eldorado Basin- be careful not to camp on vegetation in this sensitive area as it continues to melt out.  Snow is pretty much consistent after crossing Eldorado/Rouch basin divide, but moats and thin spots around rocks are presenting hazards in this zone.  A few crevasses are starting to appear at the breakover as the flat part of Eldorado Glacier is attained.  Several bivi sites are melted out at the East Ridge bivi sites, the toilet is available for use, and there is some running water on warm days near the bivis. 

Eldorado East Ridge has some large crevasses edging toward the ridge.  These can be avoided by sticking close to the ridge itself- 3rd class rock scrambling can be used to avoid moats and crevasses.  From last report on 7/20, the summit arete is in good condition with steps kicked in. 


Last updated: July 29, 2014

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