|Peak:||El Diente Peak (Unranked 14er)|
|Date of Information:||07/20/2011|
We summitted El Diente from Kilpacker on Wednesday, 7/20. The approach is dry. Above the waterfall, there are a few snow fields, but nothing too difficult to cross. Definitely bring an ice ax for the upper route - even micro spikes/crampons wouldn't be a bad idea. Also, the route is very loose.
We summitted both Wilson Peak and Mt. Wilson from Navajo Lake on Thursday, 7/21. The trail to the upper basin crosses a couple snowfields, but at a very low angle.
Wilson Peak is dry. I can't recall crossing any snow from the Rock of Ages Saddle to the summit.
Mt. Wilson has many snow fields - some are very steep. When looking at the standard route, you see that you cross at least 3 snow gullies. All 3 have snow still, but you might be able to avoid the first 2 by either crossing below it or taking small rock bands between the snow. The snow gullies you encounter as you angle up high toward the notch (climber's right of the summit) cannot be avoided and make for a pretty steep snow climb - 40+ degrees I would say. An ice ax is a must and micro spikes/crampons would provide much needed safety up high.
I cannot post pictures as I am still living out of my truck.