Peak:  Gold Dust Peak (13er)
 Route:  Negro basin + Pika traverse
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Dobsons
 Date of Info:  06/13/2021
 Date Posted:  06/13/2021
Details

Went up Pika from Lake Charles today via Fulford Caves parking lot. Then traversed over to Gold Dust Peak via the ridge and down negro basin back to the trail. Really no snow of concern on these southerly aspects and we did entire trip without any snow gear, traction etc. The 4th class dihedral around tower #1 on the Pika side of the Gold Dust/Pika saddle discussed in other reports was completely full of snow but we found a gully decent and re-accent around the tower to the Negro basin side of the tower by dropping about 300 feet off the ridge proper around the cliffs of that tower. This kept the entire traverse at class 3 max and it was just a wonderful connecting ridge otherwise.


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