Ascent of Handies Peak-ESE Peak on 2020-10-18

Climber: Whiley Hall

Others in Party:Marisa Watson
Ben Feinstein
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 18, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Handies Peak-ESE Peak
    Elevation:13795 ft / 4204 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beauty, thy name is San Juans! This is a beautiful C2+ max route that starts and ends at the Grizzly Gulch/Silver Creek TH (rough 2wd/easy 4wd to reach from Lake City)
Some route notes:
-I do not recommend our descent route! It would be better to ascend back up to 13,795’s north ridge then dropping back into Grizzly Gulch to return via the trail … descending Campbell Creek sucked mucho. Nasty bushwhacking, loads of avy debris, and surprise cliffs await at every corner.
-Whitecross has beautiful summit views of surrounding San Juan peaks and neat granite blocks near the top and Handies is always worth repeat visits.
-The ridge between Handies & 13795 is long but overall fun with only one short section to contend with nasty and loose rock on a steep ridge. This section is right after Point 13,735 and lasts for a couple hundred feet. After working through this ridge difficulty you will reach the low point and you will want to find a faint miners/social trail that cuts through talus and up to the summit ridge of 13,795. It is incredibly hard to see this trail from a distance but once you are on it you will reap its benefits for a cruise up to the summit ridge.
-The ridge connecting 13,795 & Campbell Creek is best avoided unless you are prepared to scramble 5th class San Juan choss. We found a great game trail to drop into Campbell Creek’s basin and then traversed across the basin sticking to mostly grass to reach multiple game trail options for gaining Campbell Creek’s southwest ridge. From here it’s an easy tundra stroll to the summit
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3364 ft / 1025 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3364 ft / 1025 m
    Distance:13.8 mi / 22.3 km
    Start Trailhead:10431 ft / 3179 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Whiley Hall
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