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.
Climbed this with Brian Baker, on a day of low clouds so we didn't know if we would be able to see much but the clouds parted and the view was fantastic. Traversing the west ridge is as usual, fantastic, and the final work over to the summit makes it more interesting. We were a bit late on the summit and a storm moved in, you could get the static electricity to arc to your hand when you touched the rock of the ridge, so we hightailed it down. Great day.
Ascended the north ridge (a few areas of class 3) to the false summit, then took the standard traverse to the true top. Was worried about snow but at least this year, the route over including the chute is bone dry; the gully and ensuing scramble were actually really fun! Descended the standard route, getting a bit off-route near the lakes till we found the trail. Interesting peak...
Climbed Crazy Peak in September of 2012 via the west ridge route. It was extremely windy the day we went up, and snow covered everything above 10,000 feet. Near the top there was a lot of ice and things got a little sketchy. All in all a great climb! Took us a good part of a day to do.
Climbed alone (with my dogs) on a Wednesday and felt like I had the whole range to myself. Big Timber Creek is gorgeous and so are the upper lakes. I went a little further west than most, I think, and cut quite a few verts off of the climb up the steep loose stuff to gain the ridgeline. Wow! What an amazing view! Absolutely insane (crazy)!! Very cold and windy heading up the ridge to the false summit where I decided to leave the dogs with my pack and sticks. A very interesting route leads down the chute and over and up to the main summit. A great feeling of acomplishment! One of my favorite hikes - the only downfall being the amount of steep loose rock (very tedious and tough on dog feet). Can't wait to come back to the Crazys!
Stayed overnight and camped at the TH. Early start in the AM, attained a saddle (the one closer to the highway I believe - had some difficulty triangulating). Buddy's dog was wimpering up high and his pads were cut up, and ridge to the top looked like a sufferfest. Definitely on the to-do list ...
Climbed via the west ridge. Camped out at Blue Lake the night before, started early. Attained the false summit quite easily, with a few class 3 moves on the way up. From the false summit we went down the infamous chute, and scrambled our way to the true summit. Great day on top, with blue skies all around.
Stellar views climbing the west ridge waaaay above the cloud cover. Fun glissading back down to Blue Lake.