From Rock Lake & Point 13,222 APosted On:
2020-07-19, By: supranihilestInfo:
From Point 13,222 A there's a long talus traverse to "P 3"'s south ridge. The ridge looks fairly benign but contains some heady and exposed scrambling. Fortunately, the quartzite of this area is wonderful and solid. There's a brief, exposed knife edge to cross at first, which can either be done by straddling it or with hands on the knife and excellent feet to the east. There's some more scrambling to be done in the Class 3-ish range until a big block at the end, which has a 20-ish foot headwall. This headwall is exposed to the west and is a solid Class 3, perhaps Class 4 depending on the day. There was a long sling over the top boulder which we took with us, as the down climb of this headwall wasn't that bad and rappelling it is unnecessary. From the top of this headwall it's a short scramble to the summit. Reverse back down the scramble, which hopefully feels more familiar and comfortable now, to the talus between peaks. We got rained off here, so instead of ascending "P 2" we went to the "P 2"/"P 3" saddle and descended a steep talus gully onto a rock glacier between the peaks. We had just enough of a weather window between bouts of thunder and lightning to ascend to "P 1"'s north ridge for a recon mission, which goes at loose Class 2 to the ridge, then descended back down an open area to the drainage and weaved down through the forest back to the Rock Creek trail. Be very careful if descending this way. It's not difficult but without proper route finding you could easily find yourself cliffed out in the trees.
Photos: 1 and 2) Terrain between Point 13,222 A and "P 3". 3 and 4) Scrambling on "P 3". 5) Descent gully from "P2"/"P3" saddle and rock glacier.
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.