Ascent of Handies Peak on 2014-08-16

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Handies Peak
    Elevation:14048 ft / 4281 m

Ascent Trip Report

Coming from the southwest, Grouse Gulch is the best approach. You really have to want to save 1700 feet of climb to drive over Cinnamon Pass for American Basin. The Grouse Gulch trail is unmarked. Park near 37 55.022'n, 107 33.490'w along county road 2, and walk north across the Animas River. Grouse Gulch is the 2nd right after crossing the river, but only 360 feet past the bridge. It's a good trail up and over the saddle. It joins the Handies Peak Trail just above where it leaves the creek for the saddle south of the summit. The Handies Peak Trail gets a little slick from small pebbles near the top.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4756 ft / 1448 m
    Elevation Loss:4756 ft / 1448 m
    Distance:9.7 mi / 15.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:4026 ft / 1226 m
    Extra Loss:730 ft / 222 m
    Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Route:Grouse Gulch, Handies Pk Tr
    Trailhead:Grouse Gulch TH  10752 ft / 3277 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 38 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4026 ft / 1226 m
    Extra Gain:730 ft / 222 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Handies Pk Tr, Grouse Gulch
    Trailhead:Grouse Gulch TH  10752 ft / 3277 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 27 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Hensley
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