Ascent of Winston Ridge on 2020-02-17

Climber: Scott Sharaga

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, February 17, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Winston Ridge
    Elevation:7003 ft / 2134 m

Ascent Trip Report

Weather was warmer (and drier) than usual for February, so I went up to Winston Ridge. I'd done Winston Peak on a previous hike. From Cloudburst, took the old road down to where it intersects the PCT. I then followed the PCT west to the saddle between Winston Peak and Peak 6903. From there, I followed the use trail on the west side of 6903 and found some lingering snowpack, making this section of the trail dangerous. One snow chute looked particularly sketchy so I climbed most of the way up 6903 and descended to the saddle between it and Winston Ridge, then followed the use trail up to that summit. On the way back, I didn't want to climb 6903 again, and the west use trail was snowy, so I took the east use trail back to the PCT. I encountered some snow chutes but they were easily avoided with some scrambling.

Did a bit of post-holing on the snowy sections of the hike on north facing slopes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:615 ft / 187 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:road, PCT, use trail
    Trailhead:Cloudburst Summit  7018 ft / 2139 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear

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