Lily LakePosted On:
2020-05-17, By: IHikeLikeAGirlInfo:
Did 13577-13660-California, descending off CA north ridge, with bushwack back to Lily Lake trail on Saturday. Brought microspikes, crampons, ice axe, gaiters. Used microspikes and gaiters.
Lily Lake trail was dry to very wet, near the start, then spotty snow, then significant/continuous snow ~1 mi prior to Lily Lake (about 11k?). Lost the trail several times. Snow was hard in the morning, with an occasional post hole, we were glad to have gaiters. Short snow fields past Lily Lake. Was hoping for a line of snow to ascend the loose talus/scree, but the only one we saw, seemed to lead to unknown, cliffy, terrain.
Once on the ridge, the route to 13577-13660-California, was 99.9% dry, including the bypass of 13577.
Avoidable snowfields off California's north ridge. A long cornice blocked the usual descent off the ridge. Some thin spots in the cornice could be melted out very soon. We down climbed a rock outcropping (class 2+, ~10 ft), to bypass the cornice and get off the ridge. A very long snowfield below the ridge would make for a fun glissade or just a nice descent option, if conditions are right, but the snow had warmed up too much in the afternoon. Some deep snow in the trees (higher up) and we weaved a lot to minimize the post-holing. Trees aren't too thick and very little dead fall.
Thanks for letting me tag along Darin, had a great time!
pic #1 - At Lily Lake, showing snow fields.
pic #2 - Ridge between 13577-13660, crux is dry, tiny snowfield at a small saddle, not a concern
pic #3 - Ridge between 13577-CA
pic #4 - Rock outcropping we down climbed to get through the cornice