|2014-10-17||Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2014-10-18, By: TakeMeToYourSummit
Info: (continued from San Luis page) A fairly easy addition from San Luis. Some unavoidable snow patches will be crossed on the San Luis side of the ridge. The low point of the ridge to the Baldy Alto summit was almost entirely snow free. The cliff face near 13,400 can be easily bypassed on its right with a class 2+ gully. Plenty of class 3 & 4 options also existed along the ridge. The rocks on this end of the San Juans almost had a Sangre De Cristo feel to them. From the summit I could see a light use trail along the East Ridge that connected sections of game trails. I chose to stay the entire ridge to well below treeline before I rejoined the standard San Luis trail (roughly 11,000 - near the start of the aspen trees). You will add a couple hundred vertical feet onto your hike if you choose to stay along the ridge proper. The mileage on this loop is very similar to San Luis standard (≈14). Another option I considered was dropping the Southeast Face about a quarter mile past the summit (past all the big cliffs). Other sections farther down the ridge also definitely had some large cliffs & would not be the safest options to descend.
Posted On: 2014-07-02, By: SnowAlien
Info: Wildflowers in La Garitas are in full bloom. Occasional strip of snow , good for applying to your neck to cool off.