Peak:  "K 49" (13er)
 Route:  West Ridge, North Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  06/27/2020
 Date Posted:  06/27/2020

The west ridge is a lot longer than it looks - it took me about 50 minutes one-way. It's all Class 2 but there's almost nothing but talus and it's basically all sidehilling and tedious. Totally dry.

The north ridge descent isn't too bad until near the flat block at the end of the ridge. The rock is horribly loose but there's no scrambling. Descending down to the willows is ankle deep kitty litter and super duper annoying. There's tons of wet, marshy ground and willows to bash, and a few soggy but short snowfield crossings (a couple can be avoided too). At the creek I couldn't find a log or rocks so I just went down it until a trail appeared on the north side. A bit further was a narrow section I leapt across. DO NOT miss crossing to the north side of the creek! Staying on the south side puts you on the wrong side of a gorge which, to my knowledge, you can't cross over. I then meandered through the forest back to my track and then the trail. No surprises there.

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