12.17 miles of hiking • 4500' elevation gain •
The plan was to take the Perry Creek Trail to Mt. Forgotten Meadows and from there determine if a climb to the summit was feasible within our turn around time, 1430 hours, and with the gear we had brought, micro spikes and ice axes. When we got to the meadows we decided to give it a go and at least attempt to find the climbers trail to the summit. It took us a bit more time to find the trail then expected and because of the snowy/icy conditions it was slow going. Really could of used crampons in some of the steep, icy areas which were a bit sketchy in the spikes and necessitated a bit of veggie belaying. One of our party made it to the summit but me and my brother got approx. 400' from the top when we hit our turn around time. From where we stopped it looked like due to the conditions we had another 30 minutes to reach the summit so we decided to stop for the day. In retrospect it was a good call as we made it back to the car just a bit after dark.