Grizzly Mountain  
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Route: S ridge, from Billings Lake/CR 240
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: d_baker
Info: I've been up Baldwin Gulch too many times, and Cyclone Creek twice, so going up Grizzly Mtn from this approach was a nice change. Thanks to Garratt & Martin's guidebook for the prod in this direction. The G&M guidebook seemed a little off on road details, but nonetheless the beauty of their route descriptions is that they point one in the direction, and then it's up to the individual to do the rest. The drive from Hwy 50 to where I parked took me an hour to get out this morning. It's a rough road a little ways after it goes to dirt. I was about 10.5 miles in. The Class 2 route was a straight forward hike, dry, & scenic. ~5mi's RT w/~2500' gain from where I parked on CR 240 a little below Billings Lake. Ascended grassy slope to the ridge, topping out a little W of Pt 12,831 (G&M suggest going to flat area to E of 12,831). Descend N ridge of 12,831 to saddle with Grizzly. This ridge looks worse than it is when approaching from 12,831. Ridge proper likely goes but I stayed a little below on the E side (Cyclone Cr side). Get to saddle, ascend S ridge to Grizzly Mtn's summit. Went back the way I came. 
 
Route: Traverse from Cyclone
Posted On: 2020-05-23, By: WildWanderer
Info: Traverse was clear of snow in all the areas that matter. The hike through the basin back to the trailhead was a long slog: unavoidable snow at treeline and the basin was mushy marsh. It was impossible to cross without getting my shoes completely drenched (I even lost one in the muck at one point). I would compare the loose rock on the traverse as being similar to the rock on the Hagerman/Snowmass traverse: very, very loose, large, and ready to fall. Keep your group size small and trust your partners for this one. I didn't use traction on the descent from the ridge but was down into the basin before 10:30am. 
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Route: From Baldwin lake
Posted On: 2019-07-04, By: cottonmountaineering
Info: No snow until around lake, used crampons for a short section of the ridge up. Baldwin lake is still frozen 

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