Peak:  Fletcher Mountain (13er)
 Route:  Southeast Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  mvandergrift
 Date of Info:  06/13/2021
 Date Posted:  06/14/2021
Details

We were only planning on hiking up to the gulch, so started late at 8am.

The trail was mostly clear of snow until 12,400' with only a few annoying drifts that could probably be avoided. The snow was surprisingly firm with some minor postholing. Lots of runoff and small streams forming. We were wearing trail runners and it wasn't too much of an issue.

Snow increased around 12,400' but was still mostly avoidable by sticking to rocky terrain. There were a couple of snowy traverses that didn't require spikes. Looking at my gpx track, it looks like we did have to weave around a lot.

Getting up to the ridge around 13,200' required some work. We used spikes and poles and just went straight up from one rock formation to another. There was deep postholing around the edges of the rocks where the snow was beginning to melt. This was a fun glissade on the way down, and I think it would be challenging to get down any other way right now.

Once we cleared the ridge there were occasional large snowfields that could be avoided. Once you're within 100-200' of the summit, you will need to traverse some more snow. It was soft and a little slippery, but I was comfortable doing it without spikes.

Even with the late start, warm temperatures and full sun the snow stayed reasonably supportive throughout the day.



Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Typical conditions approaching the summit#2) Snowy approach to the ridge - glissade worthy


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