A beautiful day, looked perfect to go visit Mt. Deception.
The hike up to Royal Basin was pleasant and uneventful (the trail crews have been out and it shows). The entire trail was snow free even to the upper tarn. Began the ascent of the scree field at 1100 and was able to make it to the Deception-Martin peak ridge line by 1300 (Helmet recommended, ice-ax or climbing poles were helpful). Flopped over to the west side and crosses the snow field to the ridge extending west of Mt. Deception. I used crampons to cross this (as there were a few hard packed snow sections) but kickstepping would probably have been sufficient also. Once to that ridge line it was an easy climb to the summit, arriving at 1415. Left the summit at about 1515, and was back to the trailhead by around 2045.
Be warned, lots and lots of mosquitoes! The little buggers followed me up the scree field all the way to the ridgeline.
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