Avg: 3 from 67 votes
|Type:||Trad, 1500 ft (455 m), 10 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||Geurts, Peterson, & Goodro '40s|
|Page Views:||15,006 total · 66/month|
|Shared By:||Peter Gram on May 19, 2004|
|Admins:||Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, GRK, DCrane|
Blaze north through brush towards the rounded ridge. Aim for just above the cliff bands. Once on top of the little cliffs, look for a couple of cairns that help guide the way. From here, keep traversing north, and notice the ridge that starts down below and works all the way to the summit. Drop down off the rounded ridge to get to the rock (only a small ways downhill). This part is brushy and makes wearing pants a good idea. Step onto the ridge, the bushwhacking is over (75 minutes from the trailhead).
This ridge more or less shoots straight up to the summit. Many breaks in the ridge are encountered along the way. Most of the lower ridge is 3rd/4th class, so roping up is probably not necessary. As you cruise up the ridge, more rock bands with nice looking climbing keep rising up from the left in the canyon. Eventually a beautfiul steep section of rock comes in to view, which provides the first good climbing.
Above this spot it looks like the route is over. Luckily, the best is yet to come. A catwalk on the ridge is encountered (nice exposure on both sides), which leads to some more scrambling until a dropoff is reached. Some slings around a block with rap rings allow a short rap off this tower, or a difficult downclimb might be possible.
Another steeper section of good rock leads eventually to yet another rap over a dropoff. This one might be really hard to downclimb. From here, straight forward climbing/scrambling leads to the summit.
Descend via the hiking trail. If you are not familiar with it, it drops off the ridge to the south a short ways west of the summit. The trail is hard to find, but quickly gets more pronounced.