Peak:  Grizzly Peak A (13er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Matt Lemke
 Date of Info:  05/15/2012
 Date Posted:  05/15/2012

Road passable to the McNasser Gulch TH described in Roach‘s book. Snow free hike all the way to just below treeline. A few small snow fields to cross to the base of the steep slope at 12,600 high in McNasser Gulch. Steep south facing slope mostly snow free. Gaining the east ridge was a little harder with some snow fields though. Some class 3 I did to skirt snow. East ridge itself dry all the way to Grizzly Summit. Traverse to Garfield is loose talus but mostly dry. Descent off Garfield starts with loose scree but I was able to squeeze in a 500 foot glissade. Walking through upper McNasser Gulch to connect back to the old road there was some post-holing but mostly avoidable. No snowshoes needed. Spikes helpful. Calm day...warm...beautiful.

As far as the Grizzly summit register is concerned, I am the first to summit it since last October.

First photo shows the East ridge from Grizzly's summit
Second photo shows the traverse to Garfield
Third photo shows Grizzly from Garfield
Forth photo is looking back up McNasser Gulch as storms build

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions
Matt Lemke

Photos added
05/16/2012 14:03


thanks for posting!
05/17/2012 13:43


that doesn't look like the Grizzly couloir
05/17/2012 20:30
congrats just the same.

Matt Lemke

Aren't you
05/17/2012 20:44
I did get to peer down the Grizzly couloir though...that darn Lincoln Creek road is STILL closed for whatever reason


Grizz Couloir
05/21/2012 02:29
How did the Grizz couloir look Matt? I know road is still jacked getting up there, but curious if its holding well.

Matt Lemke

05/21/2012 04:36
The Lincoln Creek road is still closed...but the couloir was still holding lots of snow

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