Peak:  "Phoenix Peak" (13er)
 Route:  502-1a/787 trail
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  VeraUndertow
 Date of Info:  12/06/2020
 Date Posted:  12/06/2020

Was able to my 4x4 Tacoma right to the split of 502-1A off of 502, the road has some serious icy patches and a high center with two tracks. I think a high clearance subie or cuv could make it up no problem right now tho. There is a very nice trench up to 11.5k thanks to CaptCo/Carl yesterday. I used my snowshoes and would recommend floatation. Above 11.5k was a mix of solid supportive snow, punch crust, sugar snow (knee high in a few places) and exposed talus. No need for an ice axe but microspikes might be nice, although I didn't use mine. Followed the ridge over to unranked La Garita Peak after summiting Phoenix and the conditions were the same as noted above. Don't think Phoenix will get any easier till the spring. Thanks again CaptCo & Carl for trenching

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Trench on my way back#2) Ridge to La Garita#3) Ridge to Phoenix#4) Best summit Cairn in the business#5) Whimsical cornice just before summit#6) Some lovely talus after the false summit heading to the true summit#7) West slopes before the false summit#8) Just above treeline#9) Beautiful trench

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12/06/2020 19:04
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