Did this peak solo on a beautiful Oct. day. Gaining the ridge was the hardest part and getting off the ridge was the most tedious part. The ridge itself, the chute, and true summit were nothing but fun!
From campsite between Blue and Granite lakes. Followed the standard approach by ascending southward from Blue Lake. We climbed up loose, sometimes grassy talus slopes to gain the west ridge. Limited smokey summit views on an otherwise warm and sunny day. We encountered several other groups throughout the course of the day.
The Blue and Granite lakes area is extremely overused. Dozens of other parties were camping in the area (Labor Day weekend). The amount of illegal fires/fire rings in the basin is pretty disheartening. This area needs better protections and also better stewardship from its visitors.
Last 4 miles of the forest service road to the Halfmoon Campground is very rough and rocky! Although we saw two wheel drive passenger cars at the trailhead, a wheel drive high clearance vehicle would certainly make for a better ride!
So I had completed a 21 mile hike with 2 summits a few days before so I was nursing a sore knee joint and my plan for the day was to hike to Blue Lake just for a look. My dog and I were successful at that. We hope to be back in 2 weeks to go for the summit. Absolutely beautiful area.
Super fun climb. Can't wait to get back in the Crazies.
Started about 1.5 miles from Half Moon CG (due to snow covered road). Skinned up to Blue Lake then climbed straight up the NW face with crampons, ice axes and whippets. We didn't hit the true summit - just skied from the false summit. Huge run.
From east road, went south over first east/west ridge, continued south across small valley to 2nd ridge, which heads directly toward the summit. Easy hike.
From Smeller Lake, onto ridgeline, follow it to the east to the summit. Some exposure but good route.
Amazing climb up the never-ending East Ridge. This long scramble kept our attention both climbing and then ascending. Never harder than class 3, but lots of it. Really enjoyed this route, pretty tuckered out by the time we got back. Trip Report
Road trip! Nice scramble at the end. Found a giant eagle feather. Trip report
I ascended the North Ridge to the false summit and then to the main summit. There is a lot of loose rock on the very steep North Ridge so be cautious. I started a fairly substantial rock slide that I was barely able to avoid being a part of near the top of the ridge. For my descent I took the more standard West Ridge down to Blue Lake.
Climbed in the 1990's via Granite Lakes. Also visited Cave Lake, north of Crazy Peak area since we had permission from a land owner.
Made the west ridge but eith weather moving in headed back down before summit.
Climbed it with a good friend using the exact route up to the ridge highlighted on the west ridge route page, which helped significantly with avoiding loose rock. It was very hazy from fire smoke but some low clouds blowing through the range complemented the nearby scenery. Overall an excellent outing on an awesome mountain for my first time in the Crazies.
Socked in with clouds at Blue lake, but got above them after ascending 1000 ft into what turned to be one of those magical mystical days where the sea of clouds spreads out endlessly before you but the peaks are there like islands in the sky and there feels to be no threat of lightning. The crazy coulior was dry, otherwise I would advise an ice ax for that section. I had time and decided to traverse to the impressive looking Iddings, the peak between had some tedious talus on the west side as well as an strange cod tied of to a boulder on what was maybe Class2+? Maybe a rappel for a cornice to access one of the many tasty looking chutes on the south side. Rediculous in summer though. I need to make a page for Iddings as it is much more interesting of a climb than Crazy.Some of the most exposed Class 2 I have ever been on. So easy to walk on the top, but WOW, thats some exposure on both sides. A couple easy class 4 sections and you are on top! Descended the gorgeous Pear lake and then the sunless gully to between Granite and Blue. I would maybe bring an ax for this section depending on season as well. I made do with a broken ski pole I found, but the 10 foot thick consolidated snow, steeply plunged into the river near the end.
Probably best as a spring climb, as the talus is nasty. Made it on the second attempt, after being driven off by brutal wind the day before. This was for the best, as it gave me a chance to explore the area around Twin Lakes, which is more scenic. Trip report.
My husband and I plan to climb the crazy peak in first week of Sep, I heard that there are snow/ ice above 10K feet. Do we need to bring snowshoes? How long does it take to hike to Crazy Peak from Granite Lake? Are there bears?
First peak in Crazy Mtns. What a view!
Awesome peak with killer views!
With Moni as described below.
Beautiful day. Sat on the summit and watched a female bald eagle teach her son how to ride the currents. Awesome.
Our route up to the ridge crest was not as loose or nasty as some describe. The whole route was quite pleasant, if rigorous.
Woke up at Blue Lake to heavy forest fire smoke the next morning and bugged out.