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JM Gutierrez
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Hey,

Just did SG via South Fork/Dry Lake this past weekend 4/13. Snow on South Fork trail starts a little before Dry Lake. The trail is littered with fallen trees. A good approach is the draw at the snow line, which bypasses the swithcbacks a little after Poop-Out Hill. Only negative is that is a steeper approach, but much more direct. If the temps stay cold, then you could expect stiff icey-snow beyond Dry Lake. We took the ridge above the saddle, traversing along the exposed rock and snow fields to the summit ridge. Trailhead to Dry Lake took 5 hours. Dry Lake to Summit and back to Dry Lake took 8, with a couple breaks and lunch on the summit.Two of us had crampons and one had microspikes. We were very secure with crampons and ice axe, but our friend was only able to make it work with trekking poles as added traction. Snow shoes are a good call going forward with the snow melt and subsequent post-holing on the way to Dry Lake. Similarly, the Summit approach will also begin to be a post hole hell.

Good luck

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