Peak:  San Luis Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Ridge from West Willow Creek
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  KyleS
 Date of Info:  03/20/2013
 Date Posted:  03/20/2013

Although I didn't summit, I hiked up from the Equity Mine today and I wanted to add a little info to the most recent trip report:

The county road to the equity mine has dried out quite a bit and is totally passable by 2WD cars. Use caution, though, because I hit a big, loose rock that was camouflaged in a shadow and blew a tire.

San Juan Snowcat has been out in the last week and the cat road up to the CDT is solid. I definitely preferred the road over the streambed which is drifted in with unconsolidated snow. My other concern was that, although the streambed walls are short, there are precarious cornices that could pile up pretty deep in the terrain trap created by the streambed. Albeit much less recently, the snowcat has also packed out the stream crossing shown in photo 2 of the normal route description. Definitely the preferred route if you're snowshoeing.

For the most part, snow seemed nicely consolidated and I didn't observe any indication of instability. That doesn't mean there aren't deeply buried persistent slabs, but I felt that the probability of release was low.

Lastly, the peak still appeared skiable from the summit, especially the line furthest West.

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