A great adventure was had once I got over the fact that my favourite (and super reliable, almost god like) weather site failed me. Mountain-forecast.com 15-1 *shakes fist*. Heh, no really it was no biggie, we are always prepared for the worst and hope for the best... not every day is a bluebird so you roll with it and chalk it up to conditioning and experience.
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And… along the same lines of the past few hikes being socked in, this one is also going to be slotted for a sequel in July.
Conditions: 80% snow, 20% exposed rock (mostly the scrambles and peak). Carried snowshoes from car to peak to car without ever using them. I am sure that will change over the next few months as the temps rise and the open ridgelines soften up. We did not even need our micro-spikes.
A fair amount of the work is done up front in the forest as you ascend at some decent grades until you reach the top of the ridgeline..then it’s a nice easy ascent to the first scramble which gets you to the top of the ridgeline that cuts east towards the peak… GO RIGHT UP THE MIDDLE OF THE FIRST SCRAMBLE… we went both left and right as it looked easier only to find that neither was a good choice… so now you have navigated the first scramble... from here forward the grade increases a bit until you hit the base of the last scramble to the peak. GO RIGHT! (You will know what section I am talking about when you get there, you are staring at it from the base… there is a obvious choice of left or right… ) We went left and it was way more work and exposure than the right side.
Note: The two scrambles might be daunting for someone that has not experienced any exposure, but with some patience, maybe a spotter for some guidance / path selection and a cool head I would think this hike is doable by a good proportion of the hiking populous fit enough to make this type of elevation.
Have fun, be safe and who knows maybe I will see you on the trails!