|2016-06-11||Route: Pearl Pass Road
Posted On: 2016-06-13, By: piper14er
Info: Parked at Dispersed Camp 5 (0.25 miles before the creek crossing, hiked from there the 2 miles to Pearl Pass Road. You could drive an extra mile or so with the creek crossing before you hit snow. I started on the road and lost it fairly quickly as I continued up to 13,312, also known as Oyster Mountain and also seems to be called West Pearl by others. Snow was packed generally despite the warm weather on the way up, 90% okay, 10% postholing the slush. A steep rocky section along the northwest slope of the ridge going to Oyster. Snow to top it off. The connecting ridge to Pearl had some snow and a few obstacles that you could go over or around. Generally rocky. All good to Pearl, took a quick look past Pearl towards Pearl Pass Road but nixed that idea as too much snow and work. Headed back towards Oyster and dropped down the first gully past some corniced snow to where it looked okay. Glissaded down about 400 feet on 35% slopes to where the slope moderated. Headed back towards the south ridge of Glen Mace. Glen Mace looks rotten from the south but goes Class 2 from the north so you have to contour around. It took me a few minutes to figure that out. The rock around the summit is loose and not great. Dropped down below Glen Mace and passed on following the road, down a drainage where I put in my third glissade of the day of about another 400 feet catching the road about 0.25 miles below the Pearl Pass Road junction. Hoofed it back to the truck and had some rain along the last mile or so. 11 miles, 4000 vertical +/- Pics along the way.