Surprise & Amphitheater Lakes 2017

July 17, 2017
A few patches linger in the upper few switchbacks.  Surprise Lake basin partial snow.  Bear box is melted out in campsite area but some tent pads are dry.
June 30, 2017
Dry up to the second switchback above 3-mile jct.  Patchy for a bit then solid snow above with various tracks, some on very steep snow and off-route. Lakes, bear boxes and campsites are all snow covered.  Ice axe or poles are recommended.

June 26, 2017
Dry up to the Three-Mile Junction. Patchy for a bit then solid snow with various tracks, some on very steep snow and off-route. Lakes, bear boxes, and campsites are all snow covered. Ice axe or poles are recommended.
 There is still several feet of snow along much of the trail - 6.26.17
Amphitheater Lake - 6.26.17
 Surprise and Amphitheater from the summit of the Grand
 Delta, Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes from the summit of the Grand
June 4, 2017
40-50% snow to the 1.7 mile junction, 80% snow to 3 mile junction.  100% snow beyond to Garnet Canyon as well as Surprise & Amphitheater.  Many braided boot paths above the 3 mile junction.
May 15, 2017
Mostly dry to junction w/ valley trail, patchy snow 1/3 up switchbacks then all snow.  Lakes still ice-covered.  Cannot get access to water, bear boxes and trail/campsite signs completely buried.