From the Hurley Road, the south ridge system appears to offer solid granite of at least low 5th difficulty; consulting 92 J/15 one notices that only the upper half of the buttresses are visible from the road -- a full 1700' of south facing rock! Knowing that the peak is on the drier side of the divide and that its south aspect would melt snow quicker, I set off for an early attempt in mid June. The logical approach seemed to be from the drainage coming off the south side. Cut blocks exist on both sides of this creek but the southern one extends a few hundred feet higher and it was this side that we first tried. Open forest soon gave way into acres of slide alder which proved far too silly for our rack-burdened packs to deal with. Looking back up from the road, I kicked myself as these slide paths were obvious.
Round Two: Armed with a partner with a large tolerance for pointless endeavors and the belief that the north side of the creek... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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