Peak:  Unnamed 13300 E (13er)
 Route:  West Ridge via Columbine Lake Trail
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  07/31/2021
 Date Posted:  07/31/2021

Contour around Columbine Lake on either side; since I was coming from Point 13,159 I contoured around the south side on steep, loose trash until I was under the west ridge of 13,300 E. I hiked up to the ridge crest and then scrambled up a very loose red gully (short Class 2+/Class 3) before crossing to the south side of the ridge which was easier. The summit block is huge and looks very difficult but if you skirt underneath it on the south side you'll find a loose Class 2 gully to the summit. Instead of going back down the red gully on descent I simply stayed on the south side of the ridge all the way back to the basin which kept it to Class 2.

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#1) 13,300 E from the trail. I left the trail here and contoured under the north face.#2) Moraine I had to go around.#3) Contouring under the north face. This is as loose and crappy as it looks.#4#5) Start of the ridge proper. Pretty craptastic, I would have been better off farther south (right).#6) Red gully I scrambled up.#7) 13,300 E’s summit block. Stay under it and continue looker’s left.#8) Gully to within a few feet of the summit.

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