|Peak:||Gladstone Peak (13er)|
|Date of Info:||06/26/2013|
From Silver Pick Basin, you cross several snow fields that cover the trail. Crampons not necessary, but an axe would be helpful in the morning when the snow is firm. Follow Bill’s driving directions, not Roach’s (his are outdated and do not reflect the use agreement). About a mile after turning onto FR 245, you have to cross Bear Creek. High clearance 4WD will have no problems. If you have low clearance, park here and walk the easy 1.25 miles to the Rock of Ages TH.
From the Rock of Ages saddle, we dropped into Navajo Basin and ascended a gully just north of the obvious fin on the ridge that is before (north of) the low point. Loose garbage and unnecessary; next time, we'd gain the ridge from the Wilson saddle. We stayed on the ridge 99% of the time to the summit and all the way back to the Wilson saddle, which was surprisingly solid (in context, obviously; check all holds) and made for an enjoyable ridge run. If you leave the ridge, deceptive trails funnel you down the east side where the rock gets loose in a hurry. Ridge is 100% snow free.
Be vigilant: we heard/saw several rock slides. Bring mosquito repellant.