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|Type:||Trad, Alpine, Grade II|
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|Shared By:||Julian Smith on Aug 17, 2002|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
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From Black Lake, skirt the right side of the lake to the open boulder field and grassy slopes that ascend to Arrowhead from the back of the lake. Work up the grassy slopes using an intermittent trail that is found on the right side. Work up to a prominent left facing break in the slabs above. Once at the break, traverse left along grassy ledges to the valley between McHenrys Peak and Arrowhead. Make the traverse slightly rising, but avoid going too high on the slabs.
Use one of two options to get on the route. From beneath the main South face, scramble up slabs until reaching a long ramp that angles up and to the right. Follow this ramp until just beneath the summit. Continue following the ramp around the North side of the summit and climb to the top. Descend the route.
Alternately, approach as for the start of Refugium and Rain Dance. Crank up the loose gully on the right until the ramp can be reached on the right.
The gully is probably 5.4 and the slabs are probably 4th class. Either way is good, but the gully is definitely loose. The gully can easily be down climbed on the left to reach gear stashed at the bottom of Refugium or Rain Dance. Enjoy.