|Peak:||Casco Peak (13er)|
|Route:||French/Frasco/Casco via Fiascol/N. Fork TH|
|Date of Info:||06/28/2020|
There's no bridge or rock crossing over North Fork Lake Creek, so I took my shoes and pants off and forded the creek. It was ice cold as expected, and very swift. I then stayed on the north side of the creek in Lackawanna Gulch, eventually going up towards Champion, then crossing the creek out of the gulch north of Lackawanna Gulch, up to the shoulder, and to Fiascol. There's a couple of required snowfield crossings in the upper gulch but I did not use traction or an axe. FiascolÂ is actually not as terrible as I expected, but it does still suck. Steep and crazy loose. Care was taken. The ridge to Casco is fairly straightforward; the lower open section is easy, just go up and around the bottom of the snow field, then to the scrambly part that makes up most of the second half. The rock is pretty solid and route finding (up) is easy. Ridge crest is probably best but there are multiple options. There's one false summit and a final summit scramble onto huge boulders. Class 2+ to Easy Class 3 depending on exact route finding.