Peak:  "Quarter Peak" (13er)
 Route:  E slopes to N ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  d_baker
 Date of Info:  06/26/2020
 Date Posted:  06/27/2020
 Details

Started at 5am, "bright eyed and bushy tailed!" ;-)

No problems on Cataract Gulch trail. First creek crossing was shallow enough to barely rock hop. Squirellysquirrel just walked through the creek.

After/at top of Cataract Falls, the trail crosses back to E side but we stayed on the W side on an older trail, and it worked out and we reconnected with trail at/near terminal of rock glacier.
Cont. on standard trail a little farther, until we could see clear line up east slope of "Quarter Pk" /13,674' and then took the path of least resistance.
No snow.

Came across a fresh baby elk kill, and an adult female elk, which appeared to have possibly broken her neck, probably trying to defend calve from predators. Likely within the last 24hrs.
The adult elk had yet to be eaten, and was not stiff yet. An interesting find.

Anyway...
Gained N ridge, and started our ascent. There was a couple of gullies with snow, and we crossed one short section at the top of snow, and then hugged rock in between snow moat. A little tight but it worked.
Turned a corner a did a short easy but loose scramble to get to ridge proper.
From there, we went to false summit and also noticed a lower "trail" on W slopes from where we came up.
Descended into notch between twin summits, and continued S to true summit. No issues. A couple spots of minor class 3, some loose rock on ledges to be mindful of.
Returned to notch between twin summits, and contoured around W slopes back to the N ridge, and descended E slopes.
Started at 5am, summit by 11:30.
Back to TH by 4ish I think.
4000'+ gain.
No need for axe or traction, imo. I carried my light axe but never considered getting it out.
We did carry helmets and wore them on ridge to summit.




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