Peak(s):  Handies Peak  -  14,048 feet
Post Date:  05/19/2008
Date Climbed:   05/18/2008
Posted By:  WillyGoat

 Handies Via Grouse Gulch   

This is an unquestionably lame trip report. No pictures of the peak and no pictures of the ski descent.

I climbed and skied Handies via Grouse Gulch on Sunday May 18, 2008. We started below Animas Forks, but it looks like the road out of Eureka is open to Cinnamon Pass. The Lake City side was not plowed to the pass.

We left at 5:45am and were back to the car around 12:30pm. The skiing was very high quality. We skied the same route as I did last year (the southwest face into American Basin):

Here are a couple of pics.

Looking down Grouse Gulch

Ascending the ridge from the saddle

Topping out

Our tracks down the SW Face

One thing of note is that the West face has much less snow up top than last year. You might be able to put together a summit descent, but you would be dodging many rocks. The east face looked very good and we saw some people coming up from the Grizzly trailhead-not sure how far the road is open on that side.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

Lot of snow!     05/20/2008 04:01
Cool. Good TR. Short and to the point.
Nice trailhead info from where you started.
Looks like the Gunny BC crowd is in for a good spring/summer.
Too bad you couldn‘t get any hero shots, we love them!


nice annual trip!     05/20/2008 04:19
is that american peak in your 2nd and 3rd photos? looks like the couloirs are in fine shape for snowclimbing and skiing.
edit: i meant they look horrible and probably not worth doing.


American Peak     05/20/2008 15:33
Yes it is American Peak. There is a lot of snow up there still, no sun cupping and minimal point releases. There is a bunch of good skiing to be had in that area.

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