East Slopes from South Zapata LakePosted On:
2019-10-21, By: supranihilestInfo:
The trail from Zapata Falls Recreation Area to South Zapata Lake is great. There's some deadfall but nothing terrible. Patchy snow starts at about 10,500' and continues until treeline where it's almost entirely melted out. From the lake turn west and behold the rest of your route; steep Class 2 slopes of mixed grass and talus. Angle southwest through cliff bands and gullies then once the slopes open up straight towards the summit. The entire route, if kept to the easier terrain, is dry enough that you don't need special footwear at this point except what will keep your feet warm in cold temperatures and brutal winds.