Carla, Fredrick, and I parked at the Iron Peak trailhead (trail #1399) and hiked up the trail to the Iron/Gene pass. We headed up the south ridge of Gene's Peak, mostly traversing on the east side of the ridge until the last 40 vertical feet before the summit were we regained the top of the ridge. The last bit was easy rock scrambling. Lots of loose rock up here, a helmet would be a good idea.
We descended down into the valley and started up the SE ridge of Bill's Peak but driving rain came in and sent us back to our car.
approx. 2,820 feet
6 hours 26 minutes
1 hour 22 minutes ascending from Iron Peak trailhead to pass
39 minutes ascending from pass to summit of Gene's Peak
4 hours 8 minutes descending from summit of Gene's Peak to trailhead (after wandering partway up the side of Bill's Peak)
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