Mt. Fletcher 13,951'
From Blue Lakes DamI did this hike true "ultralight" style with only a few items- my phone served as camera and GPS unit, and a running hydration bladder. It worked out fine, although it was pretty cold and windy near the summit. GPS tracking and photos are from an iPhone 6 with no additional processing or editing.
The trail has been rerouted above the dam to avoid erosion. In addition, just like the 13ers.com route description mentioned, the trail effectively disappears above the lake. The route never really exceeded class 2 at any point, despite having to move around the cliff band/ snow gully. I suspect this snow will remain all year.
|This large snowfield blocks access to the standard ascent gully|
|Large flat area on the saddle with Quandary|
|Quandary Peak (14er) at left|
|Looking over at unranked "Drift Peak" with the summit in the clouds.|
|Little pan from the summit from Drift Peak over to Quandary and back|
|Summit Selfie! You can see the clouds moving in.|
|Drift Peak at left|
|Taking a snoozer on 100 year old box springs|
|Colorado Springs water supply huh?|
2200' of gain
5.0 miles RT
|GPS track imported into Google Earth|