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The recent heatwave has allowed the Clear Creek route to melt free of snow. With hot temperatures and light winds, many were rewarded with excellent conditions this weekend, and the climber traffic was bustling.
Please remember these few things for this route:
-The road to the trailhead is in terrible shape. We apologize. It's set to be repaired this season, we just don't know exactly when. A high clearance 4wd vehicle is recommended.
-Summit passes, wilderness permits, and WAG bags for human waste can all be attained at the trailhead for self-issue.
-The spring that the trail leads to is suitable for drinking. While it's not tested, we have not heard of or personally become sick. PLEASE, do your best to step on rocks and durable surfaces. Don't stomp on the precious plants with your big 'ol boots. The plants and us humans thank you.
-Most climbers camp near treeline in the vicinity of the spring. DO NOT camp directly on the spring or within 200 feet of the water. There are PLENTY of great tent sites along the vertical moraine features with trees to protect from the wind and sun. Please DO NOT dig or attempt to establish new sites.
-The most common issues on this route are climbers not prepared for upper elevation environments: wind, cold, snow, ice. While crampons and an ice axe are not necessary currently, proper clothing and footwear is essential. We recommend good boots and small gaiters to keep little rocks out (the Clear Creek route is comprised of a lot of small gravel and sand-like material) and trekking poles. The other most common issue is climbers becoming lost in poor visibility conditions on the upper mountain. Carry navigation tools, know how to use them, and don't climb into a whiteout in the first place! Happy climbing!
-Carry your summit pass on you at all times. Rangers WILL check.