"North Traverse Peak"  
Condition Updates  
Route: Grand Traverse
Posted On: 2022-07-24, By: Laxer04
Info: Did the classic Vail Grand Traverse on Saturday 7/23. Left my car at Gore Creek TH, shuttled over to start the hike at Bighorn Creek TH. The mosquitos were relentless on the Bighorn Creek Trail. Went up North Traverse and then traversed to Grand Traverse. I couldn't find any resemblance of a route - I just stayed to the right of the ridge. Some really fun route finding and if anything got sketchy, I could just drop down further and avoid any really difficult moves. I would call the route I took class 3. Downclimbed from Grand Traverse to Deluge Lake and took the Deluge trail back to my car at the Gore Creek TH. Countless downed trees on the Deluge trail. Wildflowers are peaking in the Gores! My Gaia came in at 13.16 miles and 4719 ft of gain. Started hiking around 5AM, back to my car at 1PM. 7 hours of moving time, 1 hour chilling on the summits and took a dip in Deluge Lake. The traverse from north to south took me 80 minutes - and that included a few times where I hiked up to the ridge only to cliff out and downclimb. A truly amazing day in the mountains!  
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Route: -
Posted On: 2022-06-30, By: blueshade
Info: Some snow at the base of the ridge that is easily walked or avoided, at your choosing. None on the ridge or the traverse 
Route: Via Bighorn Creek
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: supranihilest
Info: Trail is in good shape. We ascended to Bighorn Pass on Class 2 boulders and talus, then up "North Traverse"'s north ridge at Class 2+. Nothing really of note on this peak by itself. 
Route: Bighorn
Posted On: 2020-07-06, By: art__vandelay
Info: Now is a good time to summit North Traverse. In order to go around the snowfields expect a little third class grass, as they say. 
Route: North Rock Creek
Posted On: 2016-07-03, By: WillRobnett
Info: Camped at around 10,700 near the creek. Snow in the basin from 11500 and up, heavy snow pack on Grand Traverse Pk then North Traverse. 
Route: View from palomino point west ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-26, By: WillRobnett
Info: View from palomino point west ridge 
Route: View from East Vail
Posted On: 2016-06-18, By: WillRobnett
Info: Approach to North Traverse and Grand Traverse 
Route: Bighorn Creek Trail
Posted On: 2014-10-05, By: piper14er
Info: Winter is coming... Thanks to Lordhelmut report for directions to trailhead, east exit Vail, left under I-70, 0.7 miles on Bighorn or so to left on Columbine Drive, through box culvert under I-70 to parking on left. Pic 1 - Grand Traverse Pic 2 - snow on trail below cabin Pic 3 - left around cabin and head up basin Pic 4 - slopes on right below N.T. contour up Pic 5 - rocky slopes Pic 6 - snow from 4" up to knee deep on north facing slopes just below summit ridge Pic 7 - Grand Traverse Peak, Mt. Valhalla and Snow Peak (snowslides) Pic 8 - Grand Traverse ridge from N.T. G.T. Gators and baskets recommended. Rocky trail to start climbs quickly, levels out, to cabin then steep slopes from basin to top. Avoided the talus up to saddle between Keller and N.T. Snow deep enough to cover all the holes between rocks so watch footing. 

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