Glacier Trail Mid July


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Matt Wolters · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 0

Attempting a summit of Gannett Peak the 3rd week of July, approach from Glacier Trail.  Given the increased snow to contend with this year, should I be considering packing snow shoes?  That's a long way to carry them if I don't need them.

DavisMeschke Guillotine · · Pinedale, WY · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 210

Third week of July, you'll be fine. That side of the range, particularly the lower elevations, gets considerably less snow than up high. You'll have the glacier to contend with, but the approach will be snow-free. I personally wouldn't carry snowshoes, it's not worth it unless you're doing an early season attempt.

Matt Wolters · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 0

That's great news.  I went as far as the Bergschrund 10 years ago, but was solo and some really bad weather came in so I didn't push it, so I've been on Dinwoody Glacier once before.  All this talk about the heavy snow fall really had me nervous.  According to the Great Outdoor Shop report, there's snow at around 10,000, Burro flats is under snow, and the creeks are "crazy high."  

DavisMeschke Guillotine · · Pinedale, WY · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 210

Yeah, I wrote that report. The curent snow line is between 10,000 and 10,200 ft and the creeks are ripping right now because of the water coming out of the mountains. I've been skiing in the high country for the past few weeks and have had friends up that way. With the weather being as hot as it has been, 3-4 weeks from now, the Glacier Trail will be smooth sailing.

Bryan Nelson · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2017 · Points: 0

Thanks for the update. Looking to do Gannett via Glacier Trail around July 4th. Thoughts on whether snowshoes may be needed above 10k on approach to glacier. Was hoping for some good melting and consolidation with the warm temps but looks like forecast is calling for snow up there next few days.

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