Unnamed 13736  
Condition Updates  
Route: loop from Deer
Posted On: 2022-07-24, By: zootloopz
Info: Summer conditions! Loop of UN 13,500, Twining Peak, UN 13,545, UN 13,202, Deer Mountain, UN 13,736, and Mount Champion. Storms moved in earlier than we anticipated so we skipped adding on UN 13,300B and K49. Beautiful ridge as far as the Sawatch goes with some opportunities for class 3 and occasional 4th. Fun to get 4 bicents in one day!! 
Route: South Slopes: Champion + PT 13,736
Posted On: 2022-07-11, By: kwhit24
Info: Instead of wasting time trying to cross a dry place on the creek we opted to just bring sandals and walk across. The creek crossing was mostly 6" deep but some spots can get close to knee depending on where you step. Good wake up and not all that difficult. I packed my sandals with me for the crossing at the end and the others tossed theirs back across. Followed a solid game trail until we turned up the slope. The trail we were on (yellow) ended up being a little more north (right) of Ben's (orange) and Bill's (red) tracks. You can see the difference in the screenshots of the tracks. Raj's track (blue) went up a steeper and bushier area. Definitely recommend going as far as Bill's route shows plus we went by some old mine ruins. Once on the ridge it is pretty obvious to PT 13,736. We wanted to make this a loop so we had some information that told us we could go down the NW ridge and then at 13,400' we turned due west down the drainage which was steep grass. Once we got towards the bottom we were able to pick our way through the bushes via rock drainages and game trails without much bushwhacking. We found a few good rocks to cross the creek and stay dry. It was south of the rock pile area near the creek. It looks like Ben's route going all the way down the NW ridge was much gradual but may have lead to a little more bushwhacking back to the good trail. After the creek crossing we headed down the North Fork Lake Creek Trail which was muddier than I expected since the lower part of the trail is dry. (7.78 mi; 3,414' gain; 5:35:58 total time) Start at TH 5:55am; Mt. Champion 8:20am (15min on top); PT 13,736 9:10am (15min on top); Back to TH 11:30am 
Route: South Slopes: Champion + PT 13,736
Posted On: 2021-09-09, By: angry
Info: Alpine start of 1pm. Route description says the combo is only 7 miles and 3600' gain but Gaia had me well over 8 miles and 4100' gain and I was on the defined trail. Just fyi in case anyone is under time constraints. I didn't have anywhere else to be so no worries. There isn't a summit register. 
Route: Via Deer
Posted On: 2021-06-19, By: JosephG
Info: Ridge from Deer > UN 17,736 > Champion is snow free. Creek remains high, making crossing it on the way out an adventure. 
Route: Opposite direction
Posted On: 2020-10-30, By: Makbrad
Info: Ascended UN 13,736 first and traversed the ridge to Champion. Opted for an alternative exit route out of the forest to avoid the avalanche path and crossed lower on the river which is partially frozen. Agree with the post made about Lackawanna conditions, very similar on the other side. The approach was compact in the morning, only slick in a couple spots but did not micro up there. I put microspikes on for the ridge. Plenty of slick unstable snow. Choose your own adventure on the traverse. There's plenty of snow on the ridge too, which may be deceiving from below. Descent was another story as mentioned in the other conditions report for Lackawanna...boot skiing and route finding through the forest on the way down and out. I did a different loop and came through the avalanche area several weeks back and I noticed many new trees down this time. Will add photos later this weekend. 
Route: via Deer Mountain
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Dry as expected. Approached from Deer Mountain - ridge between the two goes as an easy straight forward class 3 except for the last obstacle (down climb) to the low point on the ridge before climbing 13736. That section was a stout 3 with a good amount of loose rock to navigate and exposure. At the low point there is a bail out option west back into the valley that is plainly visible. 
Route: From Champion w/ Northwest Ridge Descent
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: supranihilest
Info: The ridge between Champion and 13,736 is completely dry. The flanks are pretty loose but also pretty easy. The ridge crest may be your best option, though it might be slightly more difficult, so choose between easier and looser on the flanks and harder and more solid on the crest. I descended the northwest ridge (so I didn't have to resummit├é┬áChampion, and to see a different part of North Fork drainage) and it's a long but easy ridge. Plenty of tundra and a fair amount of Class 2+ to Easy Class 3 scrambling on solid rock. The southern side of the ridge is lots of cliffs so it's best to just go down until you have a clear path through the willows to the creek to the west, then jump or wade the creek, continuing west until you find the trail. There's tons of marshy stuff/willows/creek crossings but I was able to keep my feet completely dry with careful route finding and jumping over the creeks - you're unlikely to find any trees or rocks to cross on. 
Route: South Slopes: Champion + PT 13,736
Posted On: 2019-10-19, By: WildWanderer
Info: See Mt Champion report. Picture is of route from Champion to 13736. No traction needed. 
Route: South Slopes: Champion + PT 13,736
Posted On: 2017-09-26, By: JasonKline
Info: Some snow on traverse between Champion and 13,736, but no need for traction (yet). Rest of route was snow-free. 

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