Alpine Scramble - Big Craggy 8470

Big Craggy 8470

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9:30 AM at Copper Glance Lake TH
The plan is to hike in, set up camp and climb Big Craggy on Saturday, then climb West Craggy on Sunday. Some parties have climbed both peaks in a day. Be prepared for the possibility of camping on snow. Figure 6,400' gain and ~12 mi. for both peaks. Lynn Graf is co-leader. Plan on leaving Seattle at 6:00 AM on Saturday; this takes precedence over the listed meeting time. Here's a description from Stevenson and Bongiovanni's Summit Routes: Approach - From Winthrop, drive West Chewuch Road (Forest Road 51) north for 9.3 miles to the junction with Eightmile Creek Road (Forest Road 5130). Turn left onto Eightmile Creek Road and follow it 12.4 miles, past several national forest campgrounds, to the trailhead for the Copper Glance Lake Trail and park in the small pullout on the right (3,900 ft). Hike the abandoned Forest Road 505 approximately 1.5 miles to its end and the start of the Copper Glance Lake Trail (aprox. 5,200 ft). Continue on the Copper Glance Lake trail for approximately 1.7 miles to where it crosses Copper Glance Creek (approx. 6,100 ft.). Leave the trail a few hundred yards west of the crossing and ascend northwesterly through largely open terrain to reach the upper basin and good camping (approx 6,600 ft). When you leave the trail, stay as far left (west) as possible, skirting along the foot of a talus slope, to avoid thick brush and windfall. Big Craggy Route - From camp in the upper basin, hike northeasterly across the basin to talus and rocks at the base of Big Craggy Peak's south slopes. Ascend the scree/talus/snow slopes northerly (class 2-3) to the summit (8,470 ft). West Craggy Route - From camp in the upper basin, ascend west-northwesterly along the north side of the creek into the steep-walled basin beneath rugged Isabella Ridge (approx. 7,200 ft). Turn right (northwest) and scramble up a board talus/scree/snow-filled gully (class 2-3) to the crest of Isabella Ridge (approx. 8,000 ft.). In spring, be wary of large cornices that form on the crest above. Turn right (north) and follow the easy ridge and open slopes to the summit. Approach: 3-4 hrs., 4 miles, 2,700' gain. Big Craggy: 2-3 hrs. (to summit), 1,900' gain. West Craggy:2-3 hrs (to summit), 1,800' gain.
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