|Peak:||Grizzly Peak A (13er)|
|Date of Information:||10/20/2012|
TH: McNasser Gulch 2wd TH. See my TH status update: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/threport.php?recnum=2898.
Route: Followed McNasser Gulch Road to the terminus near the mine at about 12,050ft (per Roachs). But instead of following the Roach route, we headed straight up to the ridge to just left of Pt 13,441. This was steep but actually not bad / not very loose. Followed East Ridge to summit. Getting to the ridge early gave us some scrambling opportunities above the Roachs‘ class 2+ route. Then, over to Garfield. Down to the saddle that‘s east of Garfield, and back down to the McNasser Gulch road.
Grizzly/Garfield Conditions: Wind was lighter than forecast. Skies were beautiful. Be prepared for patches of snow here and there - including some drifts where you might post-hole - and especially in shaded areas (and all that entails gear-wise), but we did not use any special equipment on this day. One of the four in our group brought an axe - but it was never used. One used gaiters. Three of four used trek poles. I used microspikes to come down Garfield - mainly for the steep scree, not so much the snow. One little snow crossing had me ever so slightly nervous, but I‘m still kind of a weenie on snow.
Based on what we could see around us, the conditions we experienced on Grizzly/Garfield are probably also applicable to most of the high peaks in the area. We have pics of a number of other peaks. If you‘re interested in a particular peak, let me know, and I‘ll see if we snapped that one.
Pic2: Our route up to the East Ridge
Pic3: Garfield/Grizzly traverse and basin
Pic4: Grizzly East Ridge
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