Peak:  White Dome (13er)
 Route:  Beartown/Kite Lake
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  kwhit24
 Date of Info:  07/04/2022
 Date Posted:  07/05/2022
Details

We parked a couple hundred feet below Kite Lake where we found a good camp before the last switchback. We used the CT/CDT connector trail from the lake to the ridge to both get up and down since it was quicker than picking a more direct route. For White Dome we went up the east slope instead of the NE ridge. Class 2+ stuff.

Followed ridge to Peak One and almost ridge proper over to the Peak 1/3 saddle. We dropped a little to our right a few times to keep it Class 2+ or Class 3.

We took the East (slightly NE) slope up to Peak 3. Pretty much all talus hoping to the summit.

Peak 2 was straight forward with a trail on and off to follow. Went back to Peak 3/2 saddle and followed Elk Creek to the CO Trail. It is mostly annoying rock walking from the Elk Creek lake to the CT.

I would recommend checking out the TRs that go up to the White Dome/Peak One saddle to get to Eldorado Lake. Saves at least 300' and 1.5 miles.

(12.89 mi; 6,192' gain; 9:38:24 total time)

Start at TH 5:05am; White Dome 6:50am; Peak One 7:45am; Peak Three 9:30am; Peak Two 10:30am; CO Trail 12:20pm; Back to TH 2:45pm



Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Early morning light#2) we crossed these slabby rocks before turning right up slope for White Dome#3) ridge to Peaks 1/3/2#4) Peak 3 (Left) and Peak 2 (Right). Slope off saddle we used to get down#5) CO Trail from Peak 2#6) Rocks on rocks along Elk Creek#7#8#9) Looking back down CO Trail switchbacks


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