|2016-07-23||Route: B-line from bear's playground
Posted On: 2016-07-23, By: fakejox
Info: This season, I've heard folks describe the mosquitos near S. Colony Lake as "world-class". If this is true, then the mosquitos at Bear's Playground are "apocalyptic". Seriously, I was swatting ten at a time and aspirating them as I went up Obstruction, and still getting swarmed on the summit. Totally unreal--bring your bugspray! Otherwise the route's completely dry and replete with wildflowers.
|2015-09-12||Route: Obstruction+Columbia from the east
Posted On: 2015-09-17, By: TallGrass
Info: Clean and dry. Stay on the ridge from Bears Playground to the saddle with Columbia. Summit register tube broken on the glued end. Can bypass on the way to or from Columbia by following the cairns across Bears Playground.
|2012-05-28||Route: via South Colony Trailhead
Posted On: 2012-06-01, By: Eph 2 5
Info: The ridge from the Humboldt saddle to Bears Playground is dry. There was one spot roughly halfway across the ridge where a rock rib blocks easy passage along the top of the ridge. I downclimbed pretty far on the south side to get around it. On the way back I went on the north side of the rib and had to step a few feet across a small snowfield with some exposure to get back on solid rock. I might have missed an easier path. Getting up to Obstruction from Bear‘s Playground was snow-free.