|Peak:||Pettingell Peak (13er)|
|Date of Information:||06/26/2011|
Hit Pettingell and Hassell via Herman Gulch on Sunday. The snow is a mess in the trees. We encountered it around 10,700 and it was continuous the rest of the way. But there are social trenches all the way to the lake which is frozen solid. Microspikes may be helpful gaining the summit of Pettingell. The key is to take a steep grassy hill to climber's right before you reach the lake. This will lead you to a bench above the lake. From there you can choose your line to the summit.
Pettingell to Hassell involves a 1.5 mile one way ridge traverse. The second half is grassy class I CDT trail but the first part is no picnic. It isn't anything difficult or dicey, just time-consuming. Overall, a great day out.
Image 1: conditions in the trees
Image 2: the road to Pettingell
Image 3: ridge descent off Pettingell
Image 4: the road to Hassell
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