Peak:  "V 5" (13er)
 Route:  SW Slopes/SE Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  TravelingMatt
 Date of Info:  08/18/2019
 Date Posted:  08/19/2019
 Details

The Clear Lake road can be driven all the way to the lake by midrange SUVs. Toy SUVs (Outback, Rav4 etc) may have trouble at a switchback around 11,700' but it is easy to walk from there. The old jeep road that goes up the SW slopes starts about 1/4 mile before Clear Lake, and is hard to identify as rockslides have obscured part of it (first pic). However, you can go all the way to the lake, double back and eventually reach it. As piper's report states, the ridge from 12988 does not go; instead leave the old jeep road directly below a prominent gully southeast of the summit (second pic) and ascend towards it; grassy slopes slightly east have the best footing. This gully is full of rubble but the rock underneath is decent. It goes moderate Class 3 with some exposure. Once you have climbed some 30' in the gully look for a narrow chute to the left and continue up that to the ridge. Ridge is a walkup above the gully. Wonderful views of all the Ice Lake peaks.


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