Posted On: 2014-09-19, By: Monster5
Info: Clear Lake switchback to Island Lake: somewhat wet spots but mostly dry and easy to follow. The trail junction up to Island is un-cairned but very obvious at the flat open spot where Vermil/Golden Horn come into view. No snow anywhere. V4 SE ridge (class 3) > US Grant (brief class 4, got cliffed out coming off V4 and had to drop right/S on annoying stuff. The standard summit move was only 4th class and the required stuff was super short) > V2 (mostly class 2 with a move or two of third and another 5 ft section of 4th near the saddle, bypass techy stuff r/S) > S Lookout (grassy slopes/ledges on E side of technical ridge then up grass to summit block. I didn‘t study the route and added it as a whim - quite surprised with the quality spice and fun route-finding. Curl around summit block to the right/E until you can climb up 3/4 choss to the summit. Unfortunately, I bypassed an unranked 13er unknowingly.) Clear Lake road: This is rough 2wd at the moment. Subaru types can make it all the way up and reasonable passenger cars might get stopped at a switchback above treeline. 9mi/5500ft. 6 hrs.