Ascent of Razzberry Mountain on 2017-08-13

Climber: jeff carr

Others in Party:Emanuela Schmidt
Date:Sunday, August 13, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Razzberry Mountain
    Elevation:9314 ft / 2838 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left from Ice Lake camp and hiked to the obvious saddle between Razzberry and Craig Mountains. The hike from the lake up to the saddle is not difficult and at times has an obvious pathway to help your route choice. From the saddle, you can look down into the Razz Lake Basin. At the far side (south) is a steep ridge. We elected to stay higher and do a bit of rock /scrambling/climbing to gain the ridge. In retrospect, this was a mistake, but was still manageable. Our descent took us to a much easier, faster and less exposed dirt/scree ramp that led to the crest of the ridge just a few hundred feet east of the rocks we climbed. Please email me at for detailed photos and a climb report.
From the ridge, you work your way up the south side of Razzberry through trees, rock slabs, dirt ramps and other minor obstacles. This is not hard, depending on your route choice, but may involve climbing up a few boulders. A short rope would be nice in stuff like this if anyone in your party is not comfortable with down-climbing boulders.
The summit is a ridge with a 12 foot block collection of rocks to climb sticking up above the rest. There is room for one or two on top of this little spot. I did not see a summit register when we were there.
When descending, it is easy to go down without making your way back east also. If you go down too far (like we did) then you will end up side-hilling several false ridges trying to get to the one that opens to the Razz Lake basin. Fortunately for us, this descent error led us to gain the Razz Lake Basin overlook about 100 vertical feet below our "going up" point. It is here we found a much easier way up and down the ridge. To find this place, you just need to drop 2/3 of the way down from the pass between Craig and Razzberry and the lake below and follow that line around the west side of the lake. Once on the south side of the lake, the way up will be really obvious.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1464 ft / 446 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Rock Climb
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy
Rainy and windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1464 ft / 446 m
    Start Trailhead:7850 ft / 2392 m
Descent Statistics

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