Pearl Mountain  
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-19, By: Flyingfish
Info: From the Crested Butte side climb the grassy ridge leaving the pass around 12,400ft. Easiest decent is to retrace your steps 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-16, By: Grover
Info: Reached Pearl by hiking the connecting ridge from Oyster. Snow free, straightforward ridge walk. Nice vantage point with views of seldom visited peaks like Star and Teocalli. Exited Pearl by making my way down the chossy ramp straight to the road. 
 
Route: From \"Oyster Peak\", Northeast Ridge/Slopes Descent
Posted On: 2020-05-18, By: supranihilest
Info: The ridge from "Oyster" is largely snow covered but in good shape. There's one short section of Class 2+/Class 3 down climbing on typical loose Elk rock along the ridge to the saddle but everything else is Class 2. The remaining ridge up Pearl has some narrow, exposed snow but nothing too terrible; an axe would be prudent, and maybe microspikes depending on comfort. The upper ridge is dry rock. From the summit we descended northeast down the ridge a bit then cut northwest down mixed rock/snow slopes and finally into the open northeast slopes. Nothing of real concern there. The remaining flats back to Greg Mace Peak (which we attempted; still enough soft snow to prevent an ascent) were snowy and soft. Lots of postholing. Descending the road was a nightmare. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2018-05-13, By: TakeMeToYourSummit
Info: I started from the 2wd TH (my truck is in the shop) at 4:50 AM. Near continuous snow after the creek crossing near 10,200'. Options to walk large sections of dry ground at the side of the road are growing. After the Pearl Pass turnoff I crossed the creek almost immediately on a snow bridge just before the huts. Originally I was going to ascend the north bowl, but as I skinned higher in the basin gaining the ridge seemed to be the most direct choice. I brought crampons & splitboard crampons yet used neither. My axe was rather helpful as the snow varied from mid-shin deep kicks to near bulletproof. Thankfully most were that perfect ankle deep level. Gaining the ridge the wind increased & I made sure to have my axe planted or my hands on rocks. The final summit pitch was a short combo of snow & rock - topping out at 9:30. After a few minutes up top I carefully rode east down the ridge. Using my axe & moving very slowly I worked my way down a few feet into the bowl. The snow was near bulletproof for this entire section. No real exposure here - just plenty of rocks ready to ruin your day (or life). About a 100 feet below the summit the sun had done its work & everything was corned up nicely. A speedy cruise across the open basin & a 40 or 50 vertical foot hike had me near the base of Greg Mace Peak. A shortcut (I'd spied on the way up) down the northwest side of GMP offered plenty more corn turns. I hit the road about 10,950' & managed to ride 90% of it to the creek crossing. An easy road walk from there - I finished at 11:05. The strong wind did well this day at combating the solar heating - its worth considering when looking at less than ideal overnight freezes. 
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Route: Pearl Pass Road
Posted On: 2016-06-13, By: piper14er
Info: Parked at Dispersed Camp 5 (0.25 miles before the creek crossing, hiked from there the 2 miles to Pearl Pass Road. You could drive an extra mile or so with the creek crossing before you hit snow. I started on the road and lost it fairly quickly as I continued up to 13,312, also known as Oyster Mountain and also seems to be called West Pearl by others. Snow was packed generally despite the warm weather on the way up, 90% okay, 10% postholing the slush. A steep rocky section along the northwest slope of the ridge going to Oyster. Snow to top it off. The connecting ridge to Pearl had some snow and a few obstacles that you could go over or around. Generally rocky. All good to Pearl, took a quick look past Pearl towards Pearl Pass Road but nixed that idea as too much snow and work. Headed back towards Oyster and dropped down the first gully past some corniced snow to where it looked okay. Glissaded down about 400 feet on 35% slopes to where the slope moderated. Headed back towards the south ridge of Glen Mace. Glen Mace looks rotten from the south but goes Class 2 from the north so you have to contour around. It took me a few minutes to figure that out. The rock around the summit is loose and not great. Dropped down below Glen Mace and passed on following the road, down a drainage where I put in my third glissade of the day of about another 400 feet catching the road about 0.25 miles below the Pearl Pass Road junction. Hoofed it back to the truck and had some rain along the last mile or so. 11 miles, 4000 vertical +/- Pics along the way. 
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