From the end of Highland Lakes Road, I started on a use trail but lost it fairly quickly. Large snowfields on the steep slopes made navigation a touch trickier. Once up on the north ridge of Hiram its a fun knife edge walk on a use trail to the summit. I continued on to Airola Peak, its an easy descent to the saddle. There is one section on the north ridge route on Airola that was tricky, I opted for a chute to the left of the ridge which was very loose and unstable, I was not comfortable with the crappy rock to attempt normal class 3 moves as the rock was breaking off in my hands and chipping away as I tried to stand on it. So I stayed in the chute and bypassed the class 3 section on the ridge, from there its easy enough to make the summit. On descent I had similar problems, the chute is really crappy but I didn't see a way to stay on the ridge proper. This section is only about 50 feet but it really is bad.
I knew there was a use trail that would take me back to the car but I couldn't find it and wound up just going cross county on the slopes of Hiram before finding the trail about a quarter mile from the car.
Five peak day in the Highland Lakes area. Trip Report.
I came up onto the north ridge via a difficult class 3 chute without taking the time to know there was a much easier way up. I did Hiram afterwards and could see the chute I came up from the distance and it looked pretty insane to attempt (by my experience level.) Anyway, I am glad I did it.
Nice fall weather
Climbed Hiram, Airola, Iceberg and Pk 9366.
Climbed after Hiram. Very nice day but a little windy. These two peaks make a great half day hike. Scree kinda blows though. The class 3 section would have been much more fun / easier without it! Didn't see another person all day. Nice views.