Grizzly Peak D - Northwest Ridge


Difficulty:  Class 2 
Upper Elevation: 13,427 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 11,990 feet
Elevation Gain:2,950 feet
Round-trip Length: 5.50 miles
Trailhead: Loveland Pass
Author: BillMiddlebrook
Route Added: 03/27/2010
Last Updated: 03/29/2010
   

Trailhead:  

Take Interstate 70 to the junction for U.S. 6. near the Eisenhower tunnel Follow U.S. 6 up to Loveland Pass (11,990').

Details:

From the east side of Loveland Pass, walk up some steps and begin your hike east up a long ridge that leads to Point 12,915’ - Photo #1. Hike to the top of the point or curve south (right) just below the top. Your next goal is to hike over to a 13,117-foot point called "Cupid" - Photo #2. Descend to the low point between these two points and hike toward the top of "Cupid" - Photo #3. Photo #4 looks back on on your hike as you ascend "Cupid."

From the top of "Cupid," you can see Grizzly Peak but there’s another bump along the ridge - Photo #5. Carefully descend (Photo #6) towards the dip before the next bump. In winter and spring, care must be taken to avoid walking on the cornices along the east side of the ridge. About half way down, work your way through some rock outcroppings to reach easier terrain before hitting the low point. Photo #7 looks back on the area. From the small saddle, stay on the ridge crest and continue toward the top of the next bump - Photo #8.

From the top of this 12,936-foot bump, the Grizzly Peak’s Northwest Ridge comes into full view - Photo #9 and Photo #10. Descend approximately 200’ to the low point below the final pitch and start climbing again - Photo #11. Hiking along the ridge does not exceed Class 2 and it is not as steep as it looks from the top of the previous point. Zigzag your way through some rocky sections (Photo #12) about half way up the ridge and then continue along the ridge crest - Photo #13. Taken just below the summit, Photo #14 and Photo #15 look back on the route. Reach the top where you’ll get an excellent view of Grays Peak and Torreys Peak to the southeast (Photo #16) and Lenawee Mountain (Photo #17) to the south.

Notes:   

While this is not a very long route, there are plenty of ups-and-downs that make the elevation gain add up.

 

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