Peak:  Taylor Mountain A (13er)
 Route:  South Ridge from Monarch
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  12/18/2019
 Date Posted:  12/18/2019

I took CR228 to the second switchback. Snowmobile tracks ended at the switchback before this. My snowshoe tracks are obvious from this point. I cut off the road into the forest there to avoid avalanche terrain farther up, which is where the difficulties began. Most of the snow in the forest was at least shin deep to knee deep, with plenty of thigh deep snow. All of it was powder, making for slow going. I traversed to the ridge crest and then up from there. Once above treeline conditions improved slightly but there was still plenty of deep, unconsolidated snow. I stayed very near the ridge crest until things became less steep below the summit, in order to avoid avalanche terrain. From the obvious flatter area I continued up the ridge to the summit. There is some mandatory avalanche terrain just below the summit but the snow was in good shape - non-reactive and mostly just powdery. Still, if you stick to the rocks you can probably avoid any consequences of poor judgement re: snow quality. I descended the exact route I came up in order to beat the track in more. Please poach my track, it was a lot of work getting through the forest and I don't want it to go to waste!

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