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Mount Harwood via Holtgrefe Ridge

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 34.28569°N / 117.63027°W

Object Title: Mount Harwood via Holtgrefe Ridge

Date Climbed/Hiked: Dec 15, 2007

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Winter


Page By: Schuetzenweber

Created/Edited: Dec 18, 2007 / Dec 27, 2007

Object ID: 366154

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Holtgrefe Ridge runs up the Northeastern approach to Mount Harwood via Stockton Flat and Lytle Creek. The total elevation gain was approximately 3,472 feet to the Summit elevation of 9,552 feet over a horizontal distance of just under 2 miles. In the thumbnail image above you can clearly see it rising up to the North of the Devil's Backbone Trail.

Mount Harwood via Holtgrefe Ridge
Holtgrefe Ridge

Because of the upper scree and soft forrested slope at it's base, this route is best climbed in the winter when ice and snow serve to bind the substrate. We climbed this route with Crampons and Ice axes. I recommend wearing a helmet because of loose debris breaking off the steeper sections, especially with multiple climbers.

Getting there:

From the Greater Los Angeles area, take the I-15 north of the I-10, exit Sierra and head up Lytle Creek past the Shooting Area and onto the Gravel Road.
Follow the road in the huge gravel wash approximately 4.5 miles to Stockton Flat. Park clear of the road as we saw recreational ATC and Snowmobile drivers in the area. There also is a private service route up the gated Baldy Road to the Baldy Notch.

Route Description:

Depending on the level of traction, the climb up the lower earthen slope could be difficult without proper ice or snowpack to grip into.
Expect lots of trees, branches and loose rock submerged in pow.

Mount Harwood via Holtgrefe Ridge
Holtgrefe Plateau

As the ridge climbs higher you will find a large plateau with striking views of the local terrain. From this point on the path becomes more rocky and steeper with Two Steps guarding the final approach on Mount Harwood.

Up the First Step, Holtgrefe Ridge
The First Step

The second step had a lot of brush and branches obstructing passage.
I circumvented the brush by climbing around the right side and postholing up a steep snowy slope.

Holtgrefe Second Step
The Second Step

The Final Push:

Last 100 meters up Holtgrefe Ridge
The Summit in Sight!
Holtgrefe Ridge overlooking Stockton Flat
Expect some exposure

The last 100 meters are the most challenging. At this point I was a bit tired of my Crampons slipping on flat rock hidden just below a few inches of powder and seized upon the opportunity to latch onto any solid or frozen ground. The dropoffs became increasingly dangerous and the higher we went the less chance for a successful self-arrest given the steep pitch of frozen scree.

Last 200 feet on Holtgrefe Ridge
The last 200 feet

Beyond this crested Mount Harwood, an easy 100 feet to the actual summit.

Summit of Harwood via Holtgrefe Ridge
The Finish

We made it just in time for Sunset, longer than anticipated.

Harwood via Holtgrefe Ridge
The top

The night was here.
Time to set up camp.
Harwood at Night
Harwood Twilight



Harwood at NightHarwood at SunriseHoltgrefe Ridge to Mt. HarwoodMount Harwood via Holtgrefe RidgeHoltgrefe PlateauUp the First Step, Holtgrefe RidgeHarwood at Dawn
Mt Harwood via Holtgrefe RidgeHoltgrefe Ridge overlooking Stockton FlatLast 200 feet on Holtgrefe RidgeSummit of Harwood via Holtgrefe RidgeOur CampLast 100 meters up Holtgrefe RidgeHarwood via Holtgrefe Ridge
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SchuetzenweberRe: Top stuff!


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You're a good guide.
I'll be your wingman anytime ;]

Like the 5-Piece Chikin' Dinner/B-Boys?
Posted Dec 18, 2007 7:19 pm

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