Peak:  Whitehouse Mountain A (13er)
 Route:  Via Weehawken Trail
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  09/20/2021
 Date Posted:  09/27/2021
Details

Take the Weehawken trail all the way into the high basin below Potosi Peak/Teakettle Mountain. The Weehawken trail ends here. Head looker's right up and over two grassy ribs into another basin. At the top of the second rib a use trail will drop into the basin. Take it to the obvious saddle between Ridgway and Whitehouse. The ascent to the saddle is on good switchbacks in scree. From the saddle traverse across the slope towards Whitehouse. Pass the first towering cliff and head up an obvious dirt/scree/talus couloir. There's some Class 2+ in the couloir. When the couloir peters out turn left and head up steep talus and boulders to the huge summit plateau, then walk the 3/4 miles or so to the summit at the far end of the plateau. Return to the saddle with Ridgway and climb Ridgway or return to the Weehawken trail.


Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) End of the trail. Potosi Peak on the left, Teakettle Mountain on the right.#2) Trail into the upper basin, Whitehouse Mountain A on the right.#3) Ridgway/Whitehouse saddle.#4) Whitehouse from Mount Ridgway#5) Whitehouse from Ridgway, with ascent couloir shown.#6) Looking up the couloir. Mixed dirt/scree/talus/boulders.#7) From the top of the couloir. This slope leads to the summit plateau.#8) Summit plateau. Yup, the summit’s all the way over yonder.#9) Looking down the upper slope between summit plateau and couloir.#10) Back across the basin.


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