Peak:  Apache Peak (13er)
 Route:  Mohling
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  blazintoes
 Date of Info:  08/27/2021
 Date Posted:  08/28/2021

Not wanting to deal with the Brainard permit we chose to approach Lone Eagle's Solo Flight via Monarch Lake/Grandby knowing the added distance however on good trails. Beautiful weather and awesome partners made this a worthy outing.

Lone Eagle is well cairned and the remaining traverse looks formidable. There's no water until you get back down. We brought a 30m rope and gladly rapped off Limbo. The webbing is still in descent shape and we left a biner. Scrambling ensued and the climb up Iroquois was super scary no matter if you chose the far left ledges or up the spine of the gully as rocks were merely held in place by wet sandy mud and/or moss. This section aged me 5 years.
The summit proper was an easy boulder problem.

After George pk we chose to descend a gully to its left and despite the looseness turned out to be a great escape to the Wheeler basin where we refueled. Another 2000' descent and we found a common use faint trail that meandered southwest. We ate all the fresh raspberries and even a wild mushroom.

With the deadfall in Wheeler the mere one mile bushwhack to Wheeler trail was horrendous. Eventually we found the final 7 miles back to Monarch mindless. Maybe the wild mushroom helped.

A 23 mile day was a bit brutal but completely worth it! Super fun ridge traverse!

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9) Scary gully#10) Aged 5 years#11#12#13#14) Descent gully#15

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