Peak:  Wetterhorn Peak (14er)
 Route:  Southeast Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  03/06/2020
 Date Posted:  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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 Comments or Questions

Killing it!
03/07/2020 13:51
Ben, you are killing it this winter! Have enjoyed your several TRs this winter and appreciate the condition updates. BTW - I love that Wetterhorn summit!


Killin' it
03/08/2020 12:01
It's been a bountiful season indeed. I'm missing the next week for a Canadian ski trip but even if I don't get anything else this season I got a bunch of hard ones out of the way. Really stoked with the progress. Wetterhorn's a real beaut for sure!

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