From Silverton take rd 110 then take a right up Cinnamon Pass. Park at the Grizzly Gulch trailhead. From Lake City Drive up the American Basin to the Grizzly Gulch trailhead. Either way requires a 4WD.
Elevation Gain: approximately 3650 feet.
Climb 2 miles on the Grizzly Gulch trail to the tree line at 11,800 feet. Leave the trail, continue west into the upper basin and ascend northeast-facing slopes to a 13,460-foot saddle on Handies' north ridge. Climb up the ridge to the summit.
none, just a good set of hiking boots, the terrain is very rocky
To reach Grizzly Gluch trailhead from Lake City, travel south on CO 149 to the Lake San Cristobal Road. Turn right on the San Cristobal Road for just under 20 miles to the Grizzly Gulch trailhead. It is well marked with signs and there's an outhouse on the south side of the road. In good weather and with care, any auto can make the trip.
Posted Sep 14, 2002 4:07 pm
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