randalmartin wrote:Has anyone descended off the saddle between Emerald/Iowa as a way to return to Clohesy Lake? Every trip report I have looked either descends of Emerald south slopes, Iowa west ridge (loose) or Missouri West ridge. On the Topo the descent from the Emerald/Iowa saddle appears reasonable but curious to know if anyone has pictures or experience.
Edit: The more I look at it, it appears the best descent is the trail between Missouri/Iowa to Clohesy Lake (shows up as trail 1459 on the USGS topo).
My compy with pics is down, but I descended down the saddle earlier this year. As I recall, there was a descent game trail leading down. From there, I followed the creek westward, thinking that I couldn't miss the Pear Lake trail (and I didn't). Once I hit tree line, the game trails were as bad as a bad case of varicose veins. Pressing westward, I did run into some small (8'-12') rocky cliffs that were not a problem to navigate and as mentioned above, eventually hit Pear Lake trail. Was not an arduous effort, and I'd do it again if I had to.