Mt Harrington/Monarch Divide

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Mt Harrington/Monarch Divide

Post by commonloon » Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:27 pm

Summited Harrington last Thursday via Deer Cove. Creeks were fine; peak flow has passed here. Bugs were off and on, but never bad. Monarch Divide was mostly devoid of snow! Only N,NE aspects had any snow and then just patches. The trail was terribly overgrown. I imagine it hasn't seen any maintenance this year. I managed to sprain my ankle near Harrington pass and headed back early.

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Mt Harrington:

https://youtu.be/z5umDLr9rLo

Harrington Pass/Monarch Divide:

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Re: Mt Harrington/Monarch Divide

Post by maverick » Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:22 am

Thanks for the TR and videos! To bad about the ankle. :(
How many days were you planning to be in the divide?
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Re: Mt Harrington/Monarch Divide

Post by c9h13no3 » Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:27 am

commonloon wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:27 pm
Summited Harrington last Thursday via Deer Cove
Weren't you just there last year? Must be a pretty sweet trip in the spring to want to repeat it :)
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Re: Mt Harrington/Monarch Divide

Post by commonloon » Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:34 am

Yes, indeed. The trail is not so great low but from Wildman meadow on, it is a really cool early season hike. Harrington is a great scramble with not a lot of prominence so fairly quick/easy from the pass.

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Re: Mt Harrington/Monarch Divide

Post by commonloon » Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:39 am

I had planned 4. I hiked up w/ food, etc. for that, for a day hike. LoL. I had hoped to summit Tenderfoot or Silver Turret and get a cool view of the GoD. Tenderfoot looked like a walk up.

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Re: Mt Harrington/Monarch Divide

Post by c9h13no3 » Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:13 am

commonloon wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:39 am
I had planned 4. I hiked up w/ food, etc. for that, for a day hike. LoL. I had hoped to summit Tenderfoot or Silver Turret and get a cool view of the GoD. Tenderfoot looked like a walk up.
Pictures of the GoD or it didn't happen :)

I've never seemed to make room for a spring trip to the GoD, but it's always been on my list due to the lack of permit requirements, south facing approach, and overall awesomeness.
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Re: Mt Harrington/Monarch Divide

Post by commonloon » Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:41 pm

c9h13no3 wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:13 am
...due to the lack of permit requirements, south facing approach, and overall awesomeness.
Exactly.

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Re: Mt Harrington/Monarch Divide

Post by maverick » Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:48 pm

Were the wildflowers out near the that rockslide, that is after Fry Pan on the way to Grizzly Lakes?
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Re: Mt Harrington/Monarch Divide

Post by commonloon » Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:24 pm

Maverick - Not as much as I've seen them in the past, but some, it was drier than I expected thru there.

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Re: Mt Harrington/Monarch Divide

Post by maverick » Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:43 pm

Yes, it looks much drier, even Dusy Basin (11k) is way drier then I thought it would be in some of the pictures posted.
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