Ascent of Lewis Mountain on 2020-05-03

Climber: Matt Dolan

Date:Sunday, May 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lewis Mountain
    Elevation:12680 ft / 3864 m

Ascent Trip Report

Spring conditions (snow but temps ranged between 30-70F). There were still recent slides on nearly all aspects (typical La Plata snow stability). Some slides were only 1-3ft deep but they took a lot of the soil with it. Recommend staying out of the gullies with snow until early summer. Road up to the saddle was slushy but manageable, grade was fairly low. We split off before the southern saddle to use the more westerly ridge to gain access to the summit. Early snow pack was great for ascending. The lower morning temps kept the snow firm and even had some alpine ice just above the trees (mountaineering axe might be a good idea). Low-risk knife edge between the subpeaks to the east/northeast, but use caution as the cornices on the peaks and ridge lines were constantly collapsing in the heat. We descended to the western saddle and slid down the south facing gully. Multiple skiers went ahead of us, we assessed the snow, and determined it was incident and it saved us 1-2 hours of descending the scree fields. Overall, this is a very accessible peak by use of the road to get to the saddle, and the summit approach is a fun scramble. It can be a fun hike if you start early to avoid the trumpy hillbillies ripping around on their trashy ATVs
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