Descent route into Afternoon Lakes Plateau
Thanks for the photos zeljkok and others, it helped me plan my recent trip (July 17-21) to Cataract & Cline Pass and into Afternoon Lakes.
I'm happy to announce that there is definitely a straightforward descent into the Afternoon Lakes Plateau from the ridge of Mt. Willis. Two other parties were at the ridge at the same time as I, and also were uncertain of the descent route. I dropped my pack to scout around for a route, then traversed left to a slightly grassy area that looked less steep. There I saw a small cairn (and added to it), and saw the route through the gap in the cliffband. Two days later when I ascended back to the ridge I took some photos of the route.
I cannot seem to embed photos in with the text, so I will attach as thumbnails and label them:
1. Top of the ascent route to ridge of Mt. Willis, from Cline Pass side. I found the medium-sized boulders just to the left of the main route to be more stable. It got steep near the top, and I felt more comfortable traversing directly to the col.
2. At the col on ridge of Mt. Willis. Arrows pointing to a cairn indicating the descent route, and my camp spot at the crest of the broad plateau ridge.
3. Camp at crest of plateau. I spent two nights here and explored the vast plateau and lakes.
4, 5, 6, 7: Photos from below, showing the descent route through the gap in the cliff band. It is steep and loose, use caution, but otherwise non-technical.
8,9: On my return day, I was so impressed with the plateau and lakes that I built a double cairn-gate to make it clear to others the descent route into the plateau.
Last edited by Gstrail; 07-24-2021 at 02:17 AM.