Peak:  Hesperus Mountain (13er)
 Route:  From Sharkstooth TH
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  hr011242
 Date of Info:  05/22/2022
 Date Posted:  05/23/2022

From the split of Spruce Mill Rd and Twin Lakes Rd, you can maybe drive up another ~.6 miles before the road is impassable due to snow. From the Sharkstooth TH via the West Mancos trail, snow started out as intermittent and unsupportive, then within about .5 miles changed to constant and unsupportive. Due to the snow-buried trail and deadfall between miles ~2-3.5 (from the road split), I opted to take an alternate route down that cut out most of the postholing by glissading down a mellow section of the north ridge. In hindsight, I would have taken this same route up as a snow climb with an earlier start and good overnight freeze. Trail runners were NOT ideal just yet, so my wishful thinking did not pay off.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1#2#3) Not the most fun I ever had#4) Spiller looks so damn great that it needs a shoutout!#5) Centennial#6) From about 12,300 on the ridge#7) Ridge is dry#8) Glissade from ~12,150#9) Upper Mtn is dry#10) View of the glissade on hike out#11

Comments or Questions
Wishful thinking
05/23/2022 09:11
Yeah, but still. Trail runners, mmmk!

05/26/2022 00:34
Thanks for this! One of the 4 sacred navajo peaks!

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