Mt. Oso  
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Route: Southwest Ridge from Rock Lake/Point 13,060 C
Posted On: 2020-07-19, By: supranihilest
Info: From Point 13,060 C we descended south on nice grassy slopes towards the Mount Oso/"Mount SoSo" saddle. We spied another talus gully to the north of that, higher up on the ridge, and ascended that instead. It was basically the same exact thing, just nearer to us. There was a small snowfield at the top which was easily avoided. From there we ascended up more talus and crappy rock, some of it Class 3 scrambling and loose, to the broad summit plateau/ridge area. The scrambling can be avoided at about Class 2+ if desired, it's just loose junk like almost everything in this area. The summit plateau is a broad talus field that's easy but tedious to the summit. On the way down we avoided the scrambling by simply descending loose talus (appropriate spacing and/or a helmet is recommended), then went to the Oso/"SoSo" saddle instead of descending the gully we had come up. This was a bit further but easier and safer than descending the steeper ascent gully. There was some scrambling and route finding high up in the basin hugging below the ridge and over some ribs to the saddle, but nothing bad, probably Class 3 or so. We went down the saddle to the east and then back up the grassy slopes towards 13,060 C to the pass, then onward to Point 13,140 C and "Weminuche Peak". Photos: 1) "Mount SoSo" on the left and Mount Oso on the right. The gully we ascended is left of Oso and capped with snow. 2) Traversing around after climbing the gully. 3, 4, and 5) Typical scrambling on the ridge. 5 (Garrett M.)) Summit plateau. 6) Talus we descended instead of the loose scramble. 7) Traversing around to the Oso/"SoSo" saddle. NOTE: Since this was ascended a while ago and I'm just now getting back to internet, I've put today's date for visibility, since there hasn't otherwise been recent updates for the peak. I'll backdate this CR in a couple of days. 
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Route: Rock Lake Approach from Beartown
Posted On: 2020-07-19, By: supranihilest
Info: We began at Beartown and hiked over Hunchback Pass to the Vallecito Creek trail, past Nebo Creek, to Rock Creek, and up Rock Creek to about a quarter mile below the lake. There's a small camping area for 2-3 tents on a flat-ish pad above a couple of switchbacks, basically the first ones you encounter several miles up Rock Creek. There's also camping at the lake, just be mindful of keeping the area clean of trash and human waste and impact. NOTE: Since this was ascended a while ago and I'm just now getting back to internet, I've put today's date for visibility, since there hasn't otherwise been recent updates for the peak. I'll backdate this CR in a couple of days. 
 
Route: Moon Lake
Posted On: 2020-06-29, By: Shattuck311
Info: Some small snow patches that are all avoidable. Basically summer conditions. Beautiful up there right now! 
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Route: Standard
Posted On: 2018-08-31, By: illusion7il
Info: I took the pine river trail 6 miles to the emerald lake trail 10 miles to moon lake. There were just a few down trees across the trail. With the approach trails being mostly smooth and low grade, this made for relatively quick travel. I was able to locate a couple social trails through the basin and then went up a steep scree slope where i joined the standard ridge route. Have a great holiday weekend everyone. 
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Route: south ridge/slopes
Posted On: 2012-08-12, By: rijaca
Info: Clear and dry. 

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