Approach 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.
Route Description 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.
Essential Gearnone, just a good set of hiking boots, the terrain is very rocky