Peak:  Rinker Peak (13er)
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  desertdog
 Date of Info:  06/21/2018
 Date Posted:  06/21/2018

One of the many things I like about 13ers is the lack of crowds. The only person I saw today was a guy first thing in the morning, backpacking with nothing on but a T-shirt and bright blue bikini underwear. It seemed awfully chilly to be wearing nothing but bikini underwear, but to each his own.

Summer conditions all the way. The trail is in deep forest and easy to follow. Once you are high in the basin it is overgrown but still pretty easy to follow. The south slope does have trail segments, but I elected to go straight up. The slope is farther than it looks, so be ready for some suffering.

Once on the summit, I could see people on La Plata and was glad I had the summit to myself. I took a quick nap in the quite sun and went over to tag Twin Peaks. No snow on the ridge to them either. Great weather and nice day in the mountains.

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