North Ridge, traverse to \"Huerfano\"Posted On:
2020-07-07, By: supranihilestInfo:
Start at the Lower Huerfano/Lily Lake trailhead. Take the Huerfano trail as it switchbacks up 13,555's north ridge. When you reach the flat ridge top basically just bushwhack south through the forest until you reach treeline. Then take the eastern (climber's left) lobe of the ridge. The western lobe goes too, it's just rockier. Easy hike to the summit.
The ridge to "Huerfano" is quite long, contains a ton of scrambling, mostly Class 2+ but up to Class 3 (and possibly Class 4 if you don't find the easiest line), and is very loose and exposed in spots. It would be too difficult to describe the full ridge but a basic pattern is each notch is Class 3 and the expanses in between are Class 2+. The last 1/3 or so of the ridge is actually pretty solid, mostly Class 2+. Do not underestimate the length and route finding difficulties of this ridge. It took me just a hair over 90 minutes.