|Peak:||Peak 9 (13er)|
|Route:||South Ridge, East Ridge|
|Date of Info:||09/21/2019|
South Ridge from Peak 10: quite easy and pleasant after the hellscape that is Peak 10's north slopes. An easy jaunt from the saddle and really nothing steep or particularly loose.
East Ridge to Wheeler Trail (or wherever): also quite pleasant. There's actually grass on this! Nice! The east ridge and east slopes are quite wide open and aren't very steep. There's plenty of soft dirt that likes to suck your feet down into itself but otherwise there's very little rock to avoid, almost no terrain that you have to skirt because it's too steep or loose, whatever. The road to the ski resort is painfully obvious and probably makes for a quick descent. I went down the Wheeler Trail to Spruce Lake Trailhead and the trail is faint slightly southeast across the road. If you find yourself going uphill or downhill on the road and you're instead looking for the Wheeler Trail you are in the wrong spot - the Wheeler Trail ascends briefly across an easy ridge and then descends to Crystal Lakes and Crystal Creek.