Peak:  Fletcher Mountain (13er)
 Route:  TMT
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  blazintoes
 Date of Info:  09/15/2021
 Date Posted:  09/16/2021

Had a friend, lost a friend, too late to phone a friend but glad I was solo for this mission.

I drove to the Blue Lakes TH Tuesday night to view the parking situation. The road to Blue Lakes is closed and signed that there is no parking on the road or shoulder. Although the latest condition report from Daway says it's okay to park, this area is heavily enforced. But mountain bikes are permitted. I biked up to the lake and stashed my bike then drove to Frisco.

At 0400 I hiked up the east ridge of Peak 1 via Bills Ranch tr. and this is a nicely cairned and red paint marked gentle way up the peak. Concerned for time since daylight is now shorter I skipped Mt Royal and Victoria, which I've already previously climbed. Made it to the Dragon with plenty of morning sunshine and feeling great. The ridge scramble to there is a blast! Staying on the west side is key.

Once at Crystal and with afternoon sun, solo, light and fast I also skipped the ridge from Atlantic to Fletcher and made it back to my bike and had a safe fantastic ride back to Frisco.

Awesome beautiful autumn day and the leaves are at their peak now. Get to Dillon ASAP because with a cold front moving in next week this will probably be the last weekend to see the leaves here.

Also there is no snow and no water anywhere on the ridge. I carried 2.5L and ran out on Atlantic.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8) Dragon#9) Buzzed#10#11#12#13

Comments or Questions
Blue Lakes Now Open
09/16/2021 21:50
Today, the road reopened to Lower Blue Lake.
Thanks for sharing the great photos from a big day.

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