This route avoids the upper ridge and 4th class gap of the most commonly suggested route. I recommend this as an easier alternative to the commonly suggested ridge route. This is also a great descent route provided the absence of avalanche potential.
San Miguel Summit, red shaded Sheep Mtn Ridge, Wilson Massif peaks (El Diente, Wilson Mtn, Gladstone, Lizard Head and Wilson Peak.
This route uses the standard approach from Trout Lake. Take the Lape Hope Trail. I recommend going to the lake for close up views of the deep saphire hued lake then across the tar patched Lake Hope Damn. Amble up grassy slopes to climbers left side of the broad lower ramparts on the North East Ridge.
Shawn Roof on the crux move of the South East Ridge of San Miguel.
From the base of the North East Ridge traverse southwestery and south to a point between the saddle and summit of the South East Ridge of San Miguel. The higher the traverse the more commiting and exposed the route is made. traversing the lowline and taking the South East Ridge by the easiest line would yeild a 2+ or low 3rd class climb. I highly recommend this ridge as a safer route of decent provided the absence of snow. With winter or midspring snow this route could be suspect for avalanche on the south facing slope traverse.
Bring appropriate gear for the season. Again I recommend this route for late spring summer with the absence of avalanche potential. Prepare for a medium to long day. This route and climbed seemed longer than I had expected.
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