S ridge, from Billings Lake/CR 240Posted On:
2020-06-28, By: d_bakerInfo:
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.