Peak:  Sultan Mountain (13er)
 Route:  Via Grand Turk starting from Little Molas Lake
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  Eph 2 5
 Date of Info:  06/01/2013
 Date Posted:  06/03/2013

The route to Sultan Mountain starting at Little Molas Lake is mostly snow-free. There's no unavoidable snow until turning east after reaching the base of Pt. 12,899. Even that snow isn't very steep, especially if you stay low. I didn't wear snowshoes and I didn't posthole at all the entire day. When I reached the Pt. 12,899/Pt. 13,087 Saddle the ridge looked a little rough so I dropped down a little and started traversing away from the ridge toward the steep grassy western slopes of Pt.13,087. On the return trip,as I came down from Pt. 13,087 I found a path that stayed near the ridge all the way to the saddle between Pt. 12,899 and Pt. 13,087. It avoided the rocky ridge obstacles on the south side of them. This would have saved some time on the way up if I had seen it. The biggest difficulty of the day was when I started ascending Grand Turk and then took the path directly to the saddle between Grand Turk and Sultan instead of ascending the western summit of Grand Turk. I ran into a snowfield that I didn't feel comfortable crossing. I had to climb on all-fours up loose scree to the ridge leading down from Grand Turk toward Sultan. If I could do it again I'd go almost to the western summit of Grand Turk and then head to the left down a little bit of scree (there are paths though) until I hit the ridge descending from Grand Turk toward Sultan. I did this in reverse on the way from Sultan to Grand Turk and it was much easier. This is a great hike with 360 degree views after about 10 minutes that last the duration of the hike. The view from Sultan would be in my top 10 if I took the time to rank my favorite peaks.

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