If not, the standard trail is easy and you can see practically the entire thing as you are hiking. Have fun!
echotree wrote:Let me just chime in on the Kelso Ridge thing. Due to some unfortunate circumstances mentioned elsewhere, I ended up climbing the final half of it in the dark. But let me just say...it is a lot of fun. It's not too tough, but there is a good chunk of exposure.
There's not a lot of snow, but a bunch of the danger is that what is still there is in really dangerous spots. Narrow, steep gulleys between walls of loose rock are filled with patches of snow and ice on top of loose scree. So, you try to depend on your hands because it's slippery, but then the handhold comes off in your hand. Yay!
Just after the knife edge, you have to go around to the left of the white stone tower (where my dog, Dexter, spent the night Saturday, incidentally) in pretty deep and steep snow. You're at the top of Dead Dog at that point, so there is pretty serious exposure. We did it at night, so I'm pleased to report that we couldn't even see the danger.
So, it was a lot of fun and challenging, but I wouldn't recommend it for another couple of weeks or so for able-bodied newcomers, so it can dry out a bit.