|Peak:||"Snow Peak" (13er)|
|Route:||From \"Mount Valhalla\"/Snow Pass|
|Date of Info:||10/02/2020|
The traverse from "Mount Valhalla" to Snow Pass isn't noteworthy except for the last bit to the ridge down to the pass, which is absolutely awful, ridiculously loose and steep kitty litter dirt and scree. This crap is so bad every footfall causes a small slide in a several foot radius. Anything that looks like it might be embedded in the slope only takes a featherlight touch to prove that it is in fact not embedded whatsoever. This section is probably 500 feet horizontal and is pure garbage; not hard, just crap. Down to the pass from the ridge is easy but loose kitty litter. The ascent up "Snow Peak" is mostly Class 2 boulder hopping until just below the summit, where it turns to Class 2+ on giant boulders. Most sources call "Snow Peak" Class 3 but Whiley and I both agreed there wasn't a single Class 3 move on the entire thing, so take that with a grain of salt. We descended back to the pass then down the narrow and loose trail there, which dumps out into a boulder field. We crossed the boulders to Deluge Lake and then the trail, which felt longer than it was and contains a significant amount of uphill on the way out. Don't forget to account for the uphill after a long day.
Bonus 12er Point 12,458: After leaving Deluge Lake we took the trail a short distance then went west on grass to the saddle southwest of Point 12,458. We ascended a very steep grass and scree slope to the saddle then scrambled (Class 2+) across the ridge to the summit and back. Descending the slope after all of this sucked. It's quite loose and steep so if you like beating yourself up for utterly pointless peaks then this 12er is for you.