Very rewarding scramble. Some routefinding mistakes added 1k' and a couple hours to our trip. Summit ridge has nice class 3 possibilities.
Thompson Peak via Canyon Creek Trailhead. Overnight trip at Lower Canyon Creek Lake. 6,000 ft elevation gain. Party of 3 was unsuccessful due to heavy rain on the day of summit push near upper park of Canyon Creek.
Enjoyable day of scrambling in the Trinity Alps. Still a fair bit of snow above 8K, but none below.
bagged my first summit soloing up from Grizzly Meadows! clear and beautiful views of the surrounding Trinities and Shasta. met two climbers at the top and scrambled down to swim in Grizzly Lake for the remainder of the day. already browsing SP, hungry for more!
skinned to within a hundred feet of summit on SW face. scrambled to top. skied the SW face. awesome area.
Lost the cairns on the scramble and went right instead of left up the little gully. This lead to a nice Class 4 route up the cliffs just left of the waterfall. Cool for me...a little much for my buds. Strange little memorial South of the hump just before the summit blocks.
Took a young French girl to to her first summit. A great first time scramble for novice adventurers.
Approach from Canyon Creek.
4:20 from TH to summit. A nice hike through a beautiful area. Grizzly lake was awesome. Unfortunately just prior to reaching the ridge the whoel area was engulfed in clouds and I summitted in near whiteout. I wasn't too cold though. There were at least five markers on the various blocks. It rained a little on the hike out.
June 2009, straightforward climb with great views!
Climbed Ceasar Pk and Thompson from the Canyon Creek approach. Took the hard way up Ceasar along the south ridge and then skirted the glacier on the north side to climb eventually from the west ridge and then returned to Canyon Creek across the south ridge. Beautiful area.
did the summit and got down prior to a lightning storm coming in. nice show to see as we ate dinner...missed parts of it because I was busy picking the pees out of my freeze dried meal. next day we woke and I rapped the falls. what a wake up call, beats coffee!
Hiked up from Hobo Gulch and to Papoose Lake near Bear Valley Meadows and yes we saw a bear! Not to mention the deer that ripped open our packs and ran off with all our clothes. Hiked around Wedding Cake and up to Thompsons Peak. Lots of loose rock but nice views.
One of the most enjoyable backpacking trips ever. Spent a couple of days at the lakes, climbing and swimming and one day to the summit.
From camp at Grizzly Lake, hiked to ridge and looked down on Lois Lake and then followed the ridge to summit. Found fire rings near summit. USGS brass caps on summit rocks were a little further than I dared to go.
Beautiful area. This is a long tough dayhike.
Fun, but long dayhike. The waterfall and old growth forest we passed through was spectacular. We saw and heard quite a bit of wildlife, including a black bear, a couple of gray foxes, a spotted owl and a sharp-shinned hawk, which spent several minutes hunting Clark's nutcrakers.
What Rob said. Not as much fun as Cosmic Wall the day before, but it was still a blast... beautiful area, and this peak has a pretty cool summit block too.
Climbed with Matthew, dayhiking out of the Canyon Creek trailhead. Long day, started 5:30am, got back around 8:30pm. Routefinding past upper lake difficult. Permanent snowfields were easy to kick steps into. Easy access to ridge via several chutes.
Matthew traversed the ridge directly. I descended a bit to the west and traversed until finding the 3rd class gully that most people seem to use. Unlike last year, this time I got up to the highest summit block (I guess I can no longer call myself the worst rock climber on the planet).
We then traversed south over to Wedding Cake (~8500') via a 3rd class gully on its west side (east side is very steep).
Unexpected thunderstorm in the afternoon around 4:30-5. Stunningly beautiful this time of year, many wildflowers in meadows above upper lake.
Route Climbed: Grizzly Lake
Date Climbed: 7-August-2004
No ice axe or crampons needed, great views. I managed to sign the register and checked out a memorial plaque on one of the other blocks, but the highest block (with two USGS markers) was just out of reach - probably a few inches higher than the block I found the register on. Fantastic !
cold and desolate. awsome! The glacier is getting smaller every year -global warming?