|Peak:||Mt. Evans (14er)|
|Route:||West Ridge from Guanella Pass|
|Date of Info:||09/22/2020|
Unsuccessful attempt on Mt. Evans on Tues. from the West Ridge/Steep Gully route. Despite the dry conditions, numerous "mud holes" through the willows, seemingly unavoidable. Steep gully dry all the way to the West Ridge, with sporadic patches of snow in the large expanse to the hump, but easily avoidable. Lost the cairns at the hump around 13.9-14k feet & mistakenly descended repeatedly to what appeared to be trail below, but cliffed-out at the final bend & never saw the summit buildings. Retreated amidst modest snow squalls & darkening clouds. No snow accumulation. Disappointed, but relatively uneventful return hike.
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