Peak:  Wetterhorn Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Face
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  sdkeil
 Date of Info:  05/12/2013
 Date Posted:  05/12/2013

We did the East Face Direct route for our ascent and the standard summer trail for our descent. The snow was continuous above tree line and in general supported our weight both in the morning and later in the day after the sun came up. We never wore snowshoes. The bottom of the east face was good booting snow, in the middle it firmed up and near the top we ran into about a 100 foot section of rotten snow, just as we approached the steepest part (maybe 50 degrees). We took a like straight up the middle of the face until we reached the prominent rock band in the 1st picture. We veered to the right and aimed for the ramp right below the summit cap. The class 3 section had a little ice and a fresh dusting of snow (picture 3). The summer route is melted out mostly, but there are a few patches of steep snow that will need to be crossed. I felt fine on this section with just boots and an axe. Microspikes might have been useful. Picture 4 shows how much the trail below treeline has melted out.

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Image #1Image #3Image #4

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