Peak:  Rinker Peak (13er)
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  10/11/2020
 Date Posted:  10/11/2020

The trail from Willis Gulch Trailhead is easy to follow until about 10,600' when it runs into a massive pile of avalanche debris. Here the trail splits and you'll want to go up and (mostly) around the debris pile. The remaining trail to the cutoff for Rinker's south slopes is easy. There are switchbacks up the first half or so of the slopes, then it's a straight shot to the ridge. The ridge itself is covered in talus all the way to the summit. The best descent, even if you do the Twin Peaks as well, is to return via Rinker's south slopes, even if you add the Twin Peaks; the Twin Peaks saddle gully descent is terrible, very steep and incredibly loose. I wore microspikes down the gully due to how loose it was. Conditions on this route likely changed significantly between my summit and now; it was snowing and blowing hard and harder while I was up there and there's likely been a decent amount of accumulation up high.

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