Ascent of Winston Ridge on 2020-02-17
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Monday, February 17, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||7003 ft / 2134 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWeather 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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