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Alpine Scramble - Guye Peak/North Route

Great snow scramble on a hot day. Some steep snow fields near the top and lots of melting snow features to navigate.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Still lots of snow, but starting to melt out in sections. The snowpack is quite consolidated, so no snow shoes on our trip. Watch out for areas where snow melts at an accelerated rate (near rocks and trees), there are definitely spots where you will fall into a cavity. Though pretty firm in the morning, by afternoon the snow gets pretty slushy on these hot days. 

The PCT trailhead was still snowed in, so no bathroom at the trailhead yet. We parked across the freeway and walked under the highway bridge. The trail through the snow is fairly straightforward, for the first mile. We took the second log-crossing of Commonwealth Creek, and had to look around a little a quarter mile later to find the crossing of the secondary creek. We tried to stay as far right as we could traveling up the valley, eventually veering left, using a small creek that was often hidden under the snow as a guiderail up to the saddle. From the saddle we traversed straight up the first steep snow field, but got stopped at the first large rock feature. There was clearly a footpath to the right of the boulder, but melting had created a very unstable snow bridge there. We backtracked down a little and went to the left of this feature. There is a very steep snow field here, but used ice axes to self-belay a little and got through it just fine. After that it was a nice little hike to the top! Views of pretty much everything!