18 May 2013 - by Aaron Schuman (view roster page)
Mt Morgan North is Santa Cruz with altitude. On 5/18/2013, I went back to finish a peak that I missed last summer, this time doing it as a day hike so I wouldn't be rushed. I left the Hilton Creek trail head at about 7400 feet, hiked up the trail, waded the creek, and got to gorgeous Davis Lake at 9600 feet, beat through some aspens, gained the class 2 southeast slope, and walked it up to the 13002 foot summit. From below, Morgan Beach is an enormous sand slope, but up close the dune is broken by chunks of granite that make welcome footholds. The sunny approach was so free of snow that the surface conditions were more typical of the end of July. Mt Morgan North: sun, sand, everything but volleyball nets.
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