south summit just before the hwy.66 closed,@2380 is only 140 or so mtrs. under true summit,9kms. away,done quicker via nihahi creek,bike to creek and don't get hit by a truck!haha.
Did this route at least 3 times in the late 80s early 90s. Always fun. Was used as a training 3-5 day trip for people heading to Aconcagua in the following January. Just so they knew how to set up the tents (hopefully in a storm). Pack their gear etc. Great trips but I have no images. Cheers William
Ran a 5 Peaks race this particular morning at Station Flats. Starting a long ridge traverse dehydrated was probably not the best idea. That being said, it was an incredible sun filled day. Had a party in front of me that I did not see until I was finished. They took 11 hours, I took 7.5, so completion times can vary significantly on this route. My wife and dog went in on the trail portion with me which worked out well in terms of picking me up at the end of the traverse. They just took a long time on the return trail and hiked more, etc. If I had it to do over, I would combine this ridge with Compression Ridge and have it all done. Now I have to bushwhack back in to the start of Compression Ridge. Both of these ridges would make for one hell of a long push do doubt. Cheers.