Peak:  Casco Peak (13er)
 Route:  French/Frasco/Casco via Fiascol/N. Fork TH
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  06/28/2020
 Date Posted:  06/28/2020

There's no bridge or rock crossing over North Fork Lake Creek, so I took my shoes and pants off and forded the creek. It was ice cold as expected, and very swift. I then stayed on the north side of the creek in Lackawanna Gulch, eventually going up towards Champion, then crossing the creek out of the gulch north of Lackawanna Gulch, up to the shoulder, and to Fiascol. There's a couple of required snowfield crossings in the upper gulch but I did not use traction or an axe. Fiascol is actually not as terrible as I expected, but it does still suck. Steep and crazy loose. Care was taken. The ridge to Casco is fairly straightforward; the lower open section is easy, just go up and around the bottom of the snow field, then to the scrambly part that makes up most of the second half. The rock is pretty solid and route finding (up) is easy. Ridge crest is probably best but there are multiple options. There's one false summit and a final summit scramble onto huge boulders. Class 2+ to Easy Class 3 depending on exact route finding.

Comments or Questions

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06/29/2020 11:46
were on my short list for next few weekends. Good camping nearby?



06/29/2020 15:39
Definitely good camping nearby. Depends on which side you approach from. If you approach from the North Fork side like I did there's several campgrounds on SH-82, the La Plata, Willis Gulch, and North Fork trailheads, and you could hike like half a mile up the North Fork Trail and plop a tent down damn near anywhere. If approaching from the north/Halfmoon County Road 11 has about umpteen billion camp sites (it was an absolute zoo on Friday and Saturday) and you could probably pack in there as well, though I don't think it would be as nice as from the North Fork/SH-82 side. For what it's worth I just slept in my car at the North Fork Trailhead.

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