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Permit for the end of May #59447 03/24/2022 7:08 PM
by Gowzers
I received a permit this year for the end of May. It was actually a mess up because I never meant to pick that date but apparently I accidentally selected the wrong month for one of my days and that's the one I ended up getting.

I know it's considered better to do the hike later in the year. So I'm wondering how bad on May 31st will be?

I do have experience with hiking and have hiked a couple of much lower mountains and hiked a handful of tough trails. but this will bey first 14er.
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Re: Permit for the end of May #59540 Apr 28th a 05:15 AM
by Steve C
Steve C
Katiee, unless someone gets up there and shovels the snow at the cables, people will likely be using the main "chute" (slope west of the 99 switchbacks). You should have crampons and ice axe for that section.

(But the itch to shovel is growing....)

Checking records from previous years, without someone clearing the snow, the switchbacks would likely open early June.
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