|Peak:||Wetterhorn Peak (14er)|
|Date of Info:||03/06/2020|
There's an additional six miles each way from the gate on Henson Creek Road to the start of Matterhorn Creek Road. Snow on the road is somewhat OK but has potential to posthole without flotation. Past the four mile mark or so flotation is basically required. The snowmobile tracks are old and unsupportive. Snow on the Matterhorn Creek Road itself is awful. Wet, heavy, gloms to everything, the trench is a disaster of postholes and kaddywompus, slanted snowshoe tracks. It improves slightly beyond treeline but not by much and CaptainSuburbia and I opted to take different ascent and descent routes from the saddle because of the poor quality snow. Snow on the upper ridge is good though and you'll want crampons for it - sticking to the ridge proper is easiest but if you cross any of the numerous gullies they're steep and full of steep snow, generally good, consolidated stuff. The crux pitch is mostly dry. Get a VERY early start to take the most advantage of early morning frozen snow. Flotation, crampons, and an ice axe are all mandatory in current conditions.
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