Tourist Creek Climber's Log

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Jawinney - Aug 8, 2021 3:45 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2021

Gannett Peak via Tourist Creek  Sucess!

Green River Lakes Trail head to 3 Forks Park(camp 1) via the Continental Divide Trail, ~12 miles. Up Tourist Creek on the Southwest side(endless bolders). Right turn up a waterfall to Long Lake, after which is a fairly technical scramble down to another little lake. Working towards the East and over a little pass reveals Gannett and Scott Lake down to the right. Don't go to Scott Lake. Stay to the left generally heading directly towards Gannett through a small Couloir. This reveals Skinny Lake, camping on the left side about 2/3 down makes for a 6-8 hour roundtrip summit day going up the right side of the waterfall and then staying to the left to avoid snow and glacier. Working around a spire reveals a direct but steep scree scramble up the big couloir. It's not necessary to ascend this entirely, but it does have a view payoff and looking back and to the left reveals a good path for the final scramble. The last bit is technical, scary, and breathtaking, but with caution and care, is doable without ropes. A low snow year and an exceptional weather window allowed us to do this without need for any crampons, ice axe, or ropes. We all packed it, though. We decided to stay another night at Skinny Lake and torture ourselves the next day getting all the way out! Coming down Tourist Creek is not any faster than going up, the effort is a little less, but there is just no faster way! Leaving Skinny Lake at 8 am got us back to the trailhead at 10pm, what a trip!


pyerger - Jan 6, 2011 3:10 pm

tourist creek

A long trip! very remote, made it to the north ridge, but had to back off, do to weather. AWESOME AREA!

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