Peak(s):  Ptarmigan Pk  -  13,739 feet
Weston Pk  -  13,572 feet
Date Posted:  06/08/2018
Modified:  08/24/2018
Date Climbed:   06/08/2018
Author:  overthe59hill
 Two Mosquito Range 13ers  

Report on my Ptarmigan Peak and Weston Peak solo hike on June 8, 2018.

I swatted two mosquitoes today. I summited two 13ers in the Mosquito Range, that is. One can't get any more solo than this. There were no other cars, and no other person on these mountains while I was there.

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Weston Pass - Trailhead for Weston and Ptarmigan Peaks

Start: 7:35 am. Finish: 1:05 pm. Total time: 5 & 1/2 hours. Hike, rest, hike time: 4 & 3/4 hours. I spent about 20 minutes on each peak. Total miles: 4.69.

The climb to the saddle is almost a mile, and extremely steep.

I kept my car in view for almost 3/4 mile.

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Looking down on my lonely car

Once I reached the saddle, I could turn left for Ptarmigan, or right for Weston. I started with Ptarmigan Peak.

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Looking ahead to Ptarmigan Peak

I summited Ptarmigan by 10:00 am.

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Ptarmigan summit rock pile.

I didn't bring a paper and pencil to add my name to those in the little plastic bottle I found on Ptarmigan. I did find the peak elevation marker.

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After snacking a little on Ptarmigan, I began my descent to the saddle to begin my approach up Weston Peak.

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Weston Peak ahead (the one on the left)

There is a narrow ridge to cross in order to reach Weston. It scared the daylights out of me with the wind blowing as it was.

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This picture doesn't seem to adequately illustrate the narrow ridge

I reached Weston's summit at 11:20 am. I took my pack off and snacked some more, and walked all over looking for an elevation marker.

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No marker on Weston, but the summit rock pile is ahead.



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