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 Peak(s):  Spring Mtn  -  13,244 feet
 Post Date:  06/23/2009
 Date Climbed:   06/22/2009
 Posted By:  rev_al47

 Venable/Comanche Loop over Phantom Terrace   

Some friends and I decided to hike the Venable/Comanche loop via Phantom Terrace. We had great weather and visited Venable falls for a bit. Around treeline we encountered some drifts on the trail but it was easy to get around or walk through. Once we got around the upper lakes, wind picked up a bit but no more snow to work around. As we ate lunch (somewhat sheltered with bushes along the trail) we got a little cold without movement but still very enjoyable!
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Phantom Terrace was free of snow except for the last eight feet where it was drifted across. There was about 6" of a ledge we walked across to the ridge.
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Once there the winds were at least 50mph! We were gonna try to peak the three 13ers there (Venable, Spring, and Comanche) but due the high wind decided to only do the one in our path.
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Looking back to Phantom Terrace and Venable. Venable and Comanche would have required backtracking and we didn't want to do that.
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So we summitted Spring Mt. and made our way back down on the ridge between it and Comanche. Quite a bit of snow on the east side of the ridge and then we cut down to the trail, glissading the big patches and having a great time!
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There was a bit more snow on the Comanche trail. A lot of water on the actual trail and many patches to cross over.
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Looking back at Comanche.
Once at tree line there wasn't any more snow. Great trip, a little long but very enjoyable with the sun all day long!



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  • Comments or Questions (1)
Presto


Nice!     2009-06-24 08:21:13
I love that loop. It‘s been years since we‘ve done that ... need to head back down there. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!



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