Peak:  Hanson Peak (13er)
 Route:  From Bonita Peak/Emery Peak Saddle
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  08/03/2021
 Date Posted:  08/03/2021

The descent towards Lake Emma from the Bonita/Emery saddle is steep and super loose. It's not hard, just tedious. I passed through a bunch of old mining ruins and attempted to find what was either an old trail or road that cuts northwest across the slopes below Hanson before curving northeast to the saddle east of Hanson. This was by far the worst part of the entire day. The slopes are steep, the trail is very overgrown and hard to follow, covered in down sloping rock, and just plain non-existent in many cases. I was able to sort of follow it as it made this curve, and then went across the bottom of the mine debris from the Sunnyside Mine, and then I went straight up the slope to the saddle. This was of course steep and was also on extremely loose and annoying scree, which was energy and fun sucking. From the saddle there's a few hundred feet more of steep and stupid loose scree and talus. I am sure there's a much better way of doing Hanson, because this way was utter garbage.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Looking down the loose and irritating slope from the Bonita/Emery saddle.#2) Hanson with roads and trails visible. The trails are harder to follow than expected.#3) Looking across the slope above the lower mine ruins.#4) The trail is faintly visible and fades in and out.#5) Going the other way across the slope towards Sunnyside Mine.#6) Looking up climber’s right side of the Sunnyside Mine debris.#7) Trash heading up from the saddle.#8) Even more trash on top of the other trash.#9) Looking back towards Emery and Bonita.#10) Looking towards Hurricane Peak, which is almost certainly a better route.

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