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|2015-07-25||Route: South Slopes
Info: Some notes on Powell. Big issue #1, there is a large remaining snow field on the eastern slope of Kneeknocker Pass. The easiest route to access the southern slopes is to traverse the steep snow field. I would say an ice axe and microspikes (I would be lenient towards crampons, but I‘m a wuss) are necessary to safely traverse the slope to the grassy knoll. Honestly, I turned around and opted to go fly fish, but those who climbed did not appear to have problems with the firmness of the snow. If properly equipped, this part will be a breeze. From there on the snow is avoidable. That being said, if you are a total bad@$$ you can down climb a loose gap to the north of the initial slope (class 3) then traverse the side of the snow and rock. Keep in mind you must be bad@$$ of which I‘m not. This option is not recommended. Other than that, this section that this route will challenge the prepared and scare the Not. Expect a bushwhack to amphitheater below kneeknocker and a faint, often disappearing trail. If you are new to the route there will be plenty of confusing sections below the initial climb through the trees. There is an unsigned trail junction, no cairns or anything turn left and hike through a faint trail following the tracks of other climbers. You know you are close when the trail passes a rock wall/Rib and rejoins the Piney River. If you come to a large creek crossing with a log jam bridge, you have gone to far. When ascending through the trees keep left of the creek and if lose the trial, just hiking up. You might find it again. Bring Mosquito repellant! Finally, be prepared for standard mall traffic along the Piney trail especially at the lake and maintain good parking egress as the crowds will pour into the area throughout the day. Cheers. RC
|2014-07-19||Route: Via Kneeknocker pass
Info: From Kneeknocker pass to the 500 ft below the summit crampons and ice ax are a must. Above that snow, to the summit is dry. Below Kneeknocker pass it‘s also summer conditions all the way. Watch out for the occasional mud section that will swallow your boot.
|2012-10-06||Route: Standard Piney Lake approach
Info: Nice day up there. Wind was generally non-existent down low and in line with the forecast up on/near the summit (reasonably light but still made us cold). Mostly sunny. Only snow was where you drop down off of Kneeknocker Pass before ascending to the summit. Not much, but we used micro-spikes there both down and back up. There was some light snow on the north face of Peak C as well. We picked a gem on this crappy weather day. Saw two young moose at the campsites right near the ranch gate. Road was 2wd accessible, but with some washboards - and heavily potholed for the last 2-3 miles. Pic1: No snow on southeast slopes from Kneeknocker Pass Pic2: Little bit of snow coming down off Kneeknocker Pass Pic3: Eagles Nest and connecting ridge look pretty bare from the summit Pic4: Snow on the north face of Peak C