2011/11/10 – Labyrinth Mountain / 迷宮山

Kodak moment on Labyrinth Mountain
Kodak moment on Labyrinth Mountain

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Labyrinth Mountain is supposed to be good for days when time is of essence. Adding drive time to and back from trailhead, plus time for the approach and summit, it isn’t that much shorter time wise compared with places closer to Highway 2.

No issues getting to Minotaur Lake as trail hadn’t all been covered in snow. The trail was steep and a good workout in itself. I used spikes for traction once we hit full snow coverage from 4,000’ all the way to the summit. More snow once we reached the lake where we started the actual scramble.

Minotaur lake was covered in ice and it had begun to melt by the lake shore as temperatures rose higher in the afternoon. Getting to the upper meadow we followed the common scramble route east of the lake. Before we traversed too far on the ridge 500′ above Theseus Lake, I took a quick peek before moving on.

More snow in the upper meadow. Boulders were still partially visible so every step was taken with extra caution to keep from punching through. Beyond the rocks we headed northwest and aimed straight for the summit.

Very windy on the summit, but we were able to dodge the wind by crouching behind big rocks. We had awesome weather all day.

Access: Minotaur Lake Trailhead
Gear: microspikes

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