|Peak:||Peak 9 (13er)|
|Route:||North Ridge from Copper|
|Posted By:||Chicago Transplant|
|Date of Info:||07/04/2019|
Started at the Far East lot (Copper) and hiked the Colorado Trail. No significant snow below the Colorado Trail/Wheeler Trail split. The "K" chute avy debris is cleared, the "Y" chute is still full but there is a flagged path through it and its easy to follow without any log scrambling. A few short snow crossings below the split from old avys.
Put on gaiters at the split, the Wheeler trail crosses a creek on snow then enters the forest again and has some very deep drifts across the trail that I was postholing through between about 11,250 and 11,500. After maybe 10 minutes battling this section the trail aspect improves and the snow crossings get easy again. 2 short snow crossings above treeline, the trail goes all the way to the 8-9 saddle.
Dry ridge from here to the summit, 8 is dry too. One short easy scrambling section on the Peak 9 ridge crest between the false summit and true summit. Could by pass it on snow, but keep in mind that is a cornice if you do so.
Overall a pretty dry route except for that one short deeply drifted section of the Wheeler Trail. Descended from the 7-6 saddle and the Colorado Trail had no larger drifts like that.
Photo 1: "Y" Chute debris
Photo 2: Deep drifts on Wheeler Trail
Photo 3: Wheeler trail above treeline
Photo 4: Peak 9 overview (from 8)
Photo 5: Short scramble
Photo 6: Peak 8 overview (from 9)
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