Peak:  Mt. Meeker (13er)
 Route:  Southwest Ridge
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  bangerth
 Date of Info:  08/22/2020
 Date Posted:  08/24/2020
 Details

Perfect conditions. Took the SW ridge up -- apart from the stretch along the creek that's off-trail, there are no substantial route-finding difficulties if you've memorized the route description. For the off-trail part through the forest, use the rule that close to the stream is where you want to be. If you lose the trail (which happened to us at least half a dozen times), it's likely to your left along the stream.

We took the SE ridge down to the saddle between Meeker and Lookout Mountain, and from there the (very good, but often still steep) trail back out to the road. Walked the road back to the Sandbeach Lake Trailhead. Be prepared for a very very long way back: It's 5,500 ft of elevation to lose, and must have taken us ~6 hours with stops.




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