Peak:  Turner Peak (13er)
 Route:  Cottonwood Pass
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  IHikeLikeAGirl
 Date of Info:  10/17/2021
 Date Posted:  10/18/2021
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GORGEOUS DAY! Started 10:15a, stayed on the ridge, after leaving the CDT/CT at the 1st saddle. 1-8" of soft snow between first bump to the 2nd saddle (pic #1). Then skirted the next bump on dry tundra. Reversed track, in lieu of dropping to the valley.

Southern aspects are ~99.911% snow free. Windblown ridges with a little snow. Just enough snow on/between the talus (at the final pitch to the summit) to be quite annoying (pic #2, more snow than pic shows). Wet, snowy, boots slipped on top of the rocks and snow hid obstacles/gaps between the rocks. Didn't seem worth putting on micro spikes, but may have helped.

Brought, but didn't use: snowshoes, micros, gaiters, ice axe, and extra socks. Sunk in to mid shin at times, but feet stayed dry...ish....

Bluebird day and temps warmed to the 40s at 13k, was in 2 long sleeved shirts, no gloves, and hot. Snow softened on the return. With the current forecast, this area could have another beautiful weekend, with little snow to contend with.



Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) On return, dry side hill. Had to descend/ascend snow on ridge in pic.#2) Summit showing how much snow between rocks#3) Talus hop to summit, more snow than pic shows (see summit pic)#4) Surrounding peaks#5) Surrounding peaks#6) Surrounding peaks


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