Ascent to Mount Emmons-Swift Creek crossing on 2019-07-06

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Mitch Stewart
Date:Saturday, July 6, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Emmons - Swift Creek crossing
    Elevation:9200 ft / 2804 m
    Remaining Elevation:4240 ft / 1292 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

My brother, Mitch. and I were all prepared for a 3 week adventure to bag every Utah 13er in 4 separate backpacks. Our first destination was the East Timothy Lake area which we planned to use as a base camp to summit all the 13ers nearby beginning with Mount Emmons. We used the Swift Creek Trailhead and were several hours into our hike when we reached a crossing for Swift Creek. I studied the situation for quite awhile and even hiked upstream on the west side of the creek searching for a safe way to cross, but the fast moving water was simply too dangerous. I looked at the map and discovered we would have to cross Swift Creek again farther upstream and return to the same side of the stream, but the terrain on the west side of the creek was not desirable for travel with a loaded pack, so my brother and I returned to the trailhead and pondered how to make "lemonade out of lemons." Realizing that most of the stream crossings in the region would not be safe until much later in the summer we decided to work on county highpoints in Colorado where we had much better success, but even there we had some high water issues that required us to retreat as well. This is the most snow I have ever seen in the Rockies this late in the summer and I have been coming to the mountains for climbing for several decades. It sure was a big difference in the drought experienced last year!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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