The next morning (June 23), I started at 6:30 a.m. and was surprised to see a strong trail all the way to Devil's Playground. The only difficult piece of route finding was trying to find Point 13,363 and then start climbing the talus slope at 13,400 (Roach book). Point 13,363 is marked by three wildlife education signs on the road for the drivers. After seeing these on the west side of the road, look for a small wooden sign that says QUARTZ on the east side of the road. Just north of this sign is where to start climbing the talus. According to one of the patrol officers, there is no trail leading up the talus which we couldn't tell because there was a fresh dusting of snow.
Arriving on the summit at 10:15 a.m., there was already a full parking lot and crowded summit house. After staying on top until 11:00 a.m., we began our descent and were luckily into the trees when an electrical storm started around 12:30 p.m. There was never any precipitation just thunder and lightening we never saw from our locations. After a foot soak in the cold creek, we were back at the cars at 1:30 p.m.
Besides the dusting of snow on the summit, there were two small snow slopes that we had to traverse above 12,000 feet which already had kick steps. An ice axe was never needed.
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