|Peak:||Mt. Wilson (14er)|
|Date of Info:||05/19/2012|
Climbed the north face of Mt. Wilson from the Navajo TH yesterday. The trail is dry all the way to the lake (with a few small minor snow patches), and after that it's a mix of snow/dry spots. Navajo Lake is about halfway melted out. The north face is still holding lots of snow...I climbed up and down the north face direct instead of staying on the northeast ridge. Above the face though it's mostly dry up to the summit, although there are a few snow and ice patches on the class 3/4 section. If you want to go around the class 4 "crux" to keep it class 3 you will encounter some snow. I brought snowshoes but never needed them. Crampons and ice axe are necessary though for the north face and northeast ridge. The north face of El Diente still has lots of snow as well, but the south side from Kilpacker is mostly dry. The Kilpacker and Slate Creek approaches for Mt. Wilson looked like they still had a descent amount of snow in the upper basins. The Wilson/El Diente traverse looked pretty dry. Over on the Rock of Ages Saddle and Wilson Peak you'd encounter intermittent snow patches on the standard route.