|2016-07-03||Route: NE and S ridges
Posted On: 2016-07-03, By: TravelingMatt
Info: From lower parking lot at Andrews Lake, take paved trail to far side of lake. Leave pavement for trail heading into woods; this goes to Crater Lake below the Twilights. Follow this trail for about 1 mile to register station where a use trail heads off to the left. This trail can be followed all the way to Snowdon's northeast ridge, although it is a bit faded in marshy areas. Just keep going straight when in doubt. Near the summit, you can stay on the ridge (hard) or follow a cairned route on the east/left side (still class 3, but easier). Descent via south ridge requires negotiating two separate gullies; exiting the lower one is the crux (class 4 on descent, probably easier going up, and the only really hard move on the whole descent). Ridge to South Snowdon does not go. From the col, descend to around 12400', pass in front of the east side of the South Snowdon massif and when comfortable ascend via class 2 scree to summit. Marshes are nasty; after descending from South Snowdon and trying to rejoin trail, my entire left leg sank on one step.