Peak:  Challenger Point (Unranked 14er)
 Route:  North Slope
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  malawi
 Date of Info:  02/22/2021
 Date Posted:  02/23/2021

Good trench until about a mile before Willow Lake. Put on snow shoes a little before that. Had to break new trail as I got close to Willow lake, and after. Attempted to follow the summer route for the last 1000 ft, but there was 3-4 inches of windblown crusted snow, over a weak layer. I was poking through to deeper snow, so I opted to go up near the rocks (see yellow line on photo). Looking westward, the red line in the photo might have been an option. Ice ax was helpful on the way down, since the mix of snow and ice around the rocks made the descent slippery. Beautiful day, except for a windy summit. Frozen waterfall at Willow lake was spectacular.

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Comments or Questions
Excellent report
02/24/2021 22:49
That sure is a beautiful area, and the waterfall picture is incredible.

02/26/2021 17:30
great photos and thanks for the update. Just getting to willow lake is a bitch in an average winter

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