South Ramp Route
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In my experience, the South Ramp Route up Grinnell Point has proven to be a little bit tricky for some to follow. I've provided a route diagram that will hopefully help clear up any confusion for those wishing to undertake this exciting and interesting route.
After hiking around Swiftcurrent Lake, follow trail signs to the North Shore of Lake Josephine. As the trail winds past the boat dock and around the lake, take note of a small pond ( 1 ) on your left that will likely hold chunks of ice and snow well into late summer. Soon after, you'll notice a steep, dark cliff to the right (west) that actually overhangs the trail slightly ( 2 ). Continue hiking for about 5 minutes, and soon you should notice a sheer, wet cliff a few hundred feet tall far above the trail ( 3 ). Leave the trail and slog uphill through a broken forest to the grassy area directly below that cliff. Make your way right (north) along the base of the cliff for a couple of hundred feet until a very broad class III couloir is encountered. Scramble up the couloir until reaching a very obvious game trail that ascends a steep grassy ramp ( 4 ) to the left (south). The trail will continue above the ramp for a short while as it nears a small stream; head uphill, scrambling through several short cliff bands, always staying north of the stream. Eventually, you'll notice the old Josephine Mine ( 5 ) on the opposite side of the stream. A large snow chute that persists throughout the year leads up a steep break in the mountain above the mine ( 6 ); the route will zig-zag through along the north side of the chute, and if care is taken in route finding, nothing worse than class III should be encountered. Eventually the top of the snow chute will be reached ( 7 ); from here, follow the ridge to the right (east). Several climbable high points will be encountered; the large cairn that marks Grinnell Point's summit is farther east along the ridge. Keep your eyes peeled for the cairn and traverse towards it on scree slopes and small ledges. Enjoy the views from up top ( 8 )!!!!!