"Drift Peak"  
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2016-11-12  Route: NW Ridge, but neighbors' photos included too
Posted On: 2016-11-12, By: Count40
Info: As can be seen from Boston Mine, north aspect snowy, but south and sufficient portion of ridge dry. Added a bunch of photos, pretty much a 360 from summit, just in case moonwatchers want to consider this and some other neighboring peaks over next two, three days. As for the moon, note that, if you are up the road to and at Boston mine, it rises above the ridges between 5:10 and 5:30 pm, depending on your exact location Used microspikes only at that very start of ridge talus, and even there just scree and sand roller bearings (both when going up and coming down), not because of snow For the rest of the route, I was just too lazy to start the spikes on-and-off cycle, so I proceeded without them, but did find comfort in having 30" ice axe ready, as walking stick. As for the rest, remember to just stick to the ridge, the very narrow top. Just no need to hurry, measured steps, and you will be fine. As for that part close to summit, where instruction state "go across top for class 3, or bypass left for class 2", bypass is to the right (south), quite a few mini-ledge alternatives. Btw, those few cairns that are on the route, happen to be fairly reliable, if in doubt. Have fun. 
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2016-05-28  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-05-28, By: Unknown
Info: Snow, snow, and more snow on this route. Bring snowshoes, ice ax, and spikes (or crampons if you choose). I wouldn't be surprised to see snow on this peak into July at this rate. 
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2015-09-26  Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-09-27, By: BagginPeaks
Info: Ridge is straight forward, as always beware of blocks that appear stable and actually are not when you step on them. 
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2014-06-12  Route: NW Bowl
Posted On: 2014-06-16, By: sevenvii
Info: Lots of good snow in the Northwest Bowl. Have to use the lower Mayflower TH as the road has snow coverage 200 ft beyond the big parking lot. Road was well packed snow, and didnt really have any issues postholing on the way in or out. Past the mine was a different story, plenty of postholing at 7a.m. and 10a.m. Flotation would have helped a bit, but wasnt horrible. Continous snow line can be had from the mine (and a little below) all the way to about 300ft from the summit. Fun glissade down from the top of the bowl, wished I would have had a snowboard under my feet  
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2013-06-18  Route: North West Bowl
Posted On: 2013-06-19, By: powhound
Info: Still plenty of snow in the NW Bowl (lower right pic 1). I got an early start and it held crampons well at 7:30. Roach lists this as moderate snow (30-45 degrees). I was measuring slope angle on the way up. Last check was 40 degrees. It appeared to get just slightly steeper after that. So, Roach is accurate. This was my first "real" snow climb (crampons, firm snow, over 35 degrees). Going solo, it was exhilarating and certainly had my full attention. Coming down I was cautious and followed the Villa Ridge for just a bit to get to sun softened snow and to avoid the steeper section which was still somewhat firm. I traversed back into the NW Bowl and plunged stepped until through the rock constriction (pic 2), where the angle lessens. Then glissaded the rest of the bowl. Post holing was surprisingly not too bad going out across the flat bottom. If going up by the Villa Ridge (pic 3) I would recommend traction and/or axe if you are early, before the snow softens, or if it is a cloudy morning. 
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2013-03-16  Route: Villa Ridge
Posted On: 2013-03-18, By: ulvetano
Info: Attempted to climb Drift on 3/16, but only made the ridge and took in some views. Trail to cabin was a veritable highway, skin up to the ridge was on packed powder, with some recent slab avalanches and cornice falls visible. Once on the ridge, it was easy going until the steeps of the ridge. Unconsolidated snow made for some challenging scree-post-holing. 
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2012-11-03  Route: Villa Ridge
Posted On: 2012-11-03, By: jeremy27
Info: Southern aspects are dry. The ridge has a couple inches of soft snow around. Used poles and gaiters the whole day. Axe and traction stayed on my pack. Fun but slow. Good luck. 
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2012-04-29  Route: Villa Ridge
Posted On: 2012-05-01, By: JosephG
Info: Road up to Mayflower Gulch is still snowed over, but melting steadily. Snow in Mayflower Gulch and the upper bowl is firm enough that snowshoes are not necessary. Snow on the ridge requires attention in the narrower spots. A lot of rock is showing, and talus-hopping is unavoidable. Edit: For skiers, the upper Villa Ridge is well-covered down to the basin. Atlantic‘s west ridge looked bone dry, although I cannot say the same of the trees leading to its base. 
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2011-04-02  Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2011-04-02, By: Monster5
Info: TH plowed. Packed trail to treeline - snowshoes needed after until steep section at 12550 (gain cornice at break downslope around treeline). Crampons/ice axe needed after. Snow on ridge - typical mix of bulletproof and land mine/talus wind shadow. Sugary snow with hard wind slab (not thick or avy prone) on ridge. Signs of avy off ridge in north-facing bowls. Major cornices. WIND seems to come consistently from SW over ridge. 3 parties turned back from traverse to Fletcher due to wind and underestimating Drift. Image 1: Ridge to Drift Image 2: Upper Ridge Image 3: Pacific/Atlantic coverage (Crystal looks similar - cornices. One group successfully climbed/skied) Image 4: Traverse to Fletcher (blurry around Fletcher) 
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