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 Peak:  Cronin Peak (13er)
 Route:  North Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Brian Thomas
 Date of Information:  03/24/2012
 Date Posted:  03/25/2012
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Did a "Tour de Cronin" on 3/24, up North Ridge and down East Ridge and variation on Antero standard trail. About 1/4 mile after the Antero / Lake Baldwin trail junction just rounding the bend below the base of Cronin's ridge turned right following a ski track (with very minimal postholing on snowshoes) up into the trees. This track ended abruptly at the edge of an ominous looking slope where they had dug a test pit and turned back. Interpreting this that the slope may not be very user-friendly I dropped back and skirted left into thicker trees to make my way up onto bare talus. The ridge was mostly dry and I only put on spikes for the last part of the ridge before the summit. Descent via East Ridge is as described in recent TR and Antero trail at/near treeline very postholey and sloppy...


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