Peak:  Paiute Peak (13er)
 Route:  East Ridge from Mount Audubon
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  04/03/2021
 Date Posted:  04/04/2021

There's a silly amount of snow on the traverse from Audubon to Paiute - it seems that all the snow that isn't on the former is all on the latter. The traverse is kind of intimidating looking with the snow but is pretty easy. There's some minor scrambling, some minor exposure, and plenty of rock hopping and snow to contend with. The final pitch to Paiute's summit is the steepest but not too bad.

From Paiute's summit we took the ridge down towards the saddle with Mount Toll, then glissaded the steep slope into the basin. This is probably the most dangerous part of this climb, as the slope is steep enough to slide. You MUST get down off it before it gets too wet! From there we followed ski tracks out and down the myriad cliffs and waterfalls to the flats, then took the long hike back to the trailhead. The snow was wet slop by the end of the day.

Traction and an ice axe were not necessary except for the glissade down the Paiute/Toll saddle. Flotation would have been useless on the ridge itself, only useful for the ascent of Audubon and descent and deproach from Paiute.

Thanks to the skier ahead of us who left us a nice booter across the traverse.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Beginning of the traverse to Paiute from the summit of Audubon.#2) Partway along the traverse.#3) Some of the snowy rock along the traverse.#4) Looking back towards Audubon.

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