Peak:  Wilson Peak (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  Jyak
 Date of Info:  11/03/2012
 Date Posted:  11/04/2012

We climbed via Silver Pick Basin and the Rock of Ages Trailhead. The road is totally dry and very passable all the way to trailhead. The creek crossing is very low and was no issue.

Of course, Silver Pick heads in via north aspects. We were dry until about 11,500‘ where there was a dusting of snow. At 12,000‘ snow was ankle deep. At 12,500 and above, you would find spots where snow could be up to your knees. The final traverse out of the basin and to the Rock of Ages Saddle was mostly loose snow but with three short spots (20 feet in length) of bullet hard snow (photo 1). Ax and crampons are a good idea.

Once making the Rock of Ages Saddle, the two south aspect traverses were bone dry (photo 2).

From the false summit, you down climb in shadow, so the snow cover on the down climb from the false summit was a bit more pronounced. We ran into a group that didn‘t have crampons (just micro spikes) who didn‘t feel comfortable, so we rigged a rappel (photo 3).

The summit pyramid, itself, has a bit of loose snow at its base, but is clean and dry from 1/3 of the way up all the way to the top (photo 4).

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

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