Peak:  "Drift Peak" (13er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  mjflynn74
 Date of Info:  07/27/2020
 Date Posted:  07/27/2020

There is one patch of snow left on the route -- right after the point of dark rock that runs from 13,500 to 13,600. It's not wide -- just ten feet or so -- but if you're taking the class 3 route over the dark rock like I did, there's a ten-foot drop straight onto the sloping snow. . . and at least today, after four days of rain freezing onto it, it was hard as a rock and icy-slick.

I steered clear of it altogether on the return trip. On your ascent, if you stay left of the ridge crest at 13,450, well *before* you get to the dark rock, you can go beneath and around the snow.

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