There's a fantastic trench all the way to Herman lake. I headed up the south ridge just before the lake, left my snowshoes just up the ridge. After turning onto the east ridge, I went a short distance before putting on crampons, there's a *lot* of snow on the east ridge, I've been to Herman lake many times in winter/spring, I've never seen it this snowy. I descended the west side, it was easy to get down, the snow wasn't super deep (and had to do it without snowshoes, they were on the other side of the mountain). Great time, I really like Pettingell, it has great views, and doesn't take all day if you're pressed for time, as I was today.
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