Peak:  Frasco Benchmark (13er)
 Route:  French/Frasco/Casco via Fiascol/N. Fork TH
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  06/28/2020
 Date Posted:  06/28/2020

There's no bridge or rock crossing over North Fork Lake Creek, so I took my shoes and pants off and forded the creek. It was ice cold as expected, and very swift. I then stayed on the north side of the creek in Lackawanna Gulch, eventually going up towards Champion, then crossing the creek out of the gulch north of Lackawanna Gulch, up to the shoulder, and to Fiascol. There's a couple of required snowfield crossings in the upper gulch but I did not use traction or an axe. Fiascol is actually not as terrible as I expected, but it does still suck. Steep and crazy loose. Care was taken. The ridge to Frasco Benchmark looks intimidating from Fiascol but it's not that bad; Class 2+ to Easy Class 3 with lots of route finding and loose rock, some exposure. Totally dry. Ridge to French is in good shape, two short snow crossings.

Comments or Questions
Posthole Pete
Better than Coffee
06/29/2020 11:18
Nice loop. Those early morning river crossings are better than coffee for getting the blood pumpin!

Coffee vs an icy kick in the nuts
06/29/2020 15:41
I don't know if I'll ever get used to those early morning cold water crossings. I'm sure there are many more in my future and I'm not looking forward to a single one of them.

Easy Rider
06/30/2020 12:03
The crossing at the Massive TH? new debris off the large run from French, just down stream can be crossed there, joining the road again above? Or did it wash away...

Not Massive
07/01/2020 08:42
No, this was not the Massive Trailhead. This was at North Fork Lake Creek at the bottom of Independence Pass. I have no knowledge of these three peaks from the north/Massive side of things.

Easy Rider
North Fork Lake Creek
07/01/2020 16:08
The name is so plainly and literally descriptive, that I missed it entirely. Pardon the confusion.

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