I have a small group approaching Gannett via either Tourist Creek or Wells Creek at the beginning of September and am wondering if anybody can describe the crux of the Cleft in the Wells Creek approach in greater detail, specifically the option of crossing the creek. It has been a hot year, so I'm anticipating that the water may be low in the creek that late in the summer and that the Cleft may be easily passable. My group will not be comfortable on 5.6, so if you think the Creek is not easily crossable, we will use the Tourist approach. Thanks for any info you can share!!!
I've read in several trip reports that when the water is low enough, you can "jump over" or even "step over" a critical gap that needs to be crossed to navigate this route without climbing the 5.6 rock. Does anyone have direct experience or pictures of this spot?
Just from looking at it, the climb up wells creek to Scott lake looks pretty gnarly. Considering that creek is glacial fed I'm not sure how low the water will be, it'll certainly be lower than during peak snow melt, but is probably still running.