Peak:  San Miguel Peak (13er)
 Route:  From Lake Hope
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  08/01/2020
 Date Posted:  08/02/2020

The trail to the lake is perfect with exception of the crowds. We left the trail a bit before the lake and went around the lake's north side before going up San Miguel's east side. The heinous scree and talus we were expected never showed up. We found mostly grass and stable boulders to the summit ridge, then a bit of scrambling (Class 2+-Easy Class 3) to the big notch before the summit. We down climbed somewhere between 50-100 feet north on extremely loose rock and dirt then walked into the notch and scrambled up the other side. The notch can be tackled head on or there's a Class 2+ ramp and ledge system that leads to a short Class 3 section on pretty decent rock. The summit is a short stroll away. If San Miguel is your only peak for the day descend your ascent route. We went on to "Lake Point". The down climb to the saddle is mostly Class 2+ but on exceptionally loose rock that gets looser the closer you get to the saddle. It's not difficult but you should space yourself from other climbers and always pay attention to your hand and footholds. I recommend a helmet for this peak given how loose parts of it are.

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