Grizzly Peak A Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Nestled firmly on the Continental Divide in the heart of the Sawatch Range, Grizzly Peak A stands tall and proud as the highest ranked 13,000-foot mountain in the state. Just 5 miles southwest of Independence Pass, Grizzly is surprisingly elusive. The mountain is difficult to see from a paved road, but a perch high up on Twining Peak or the nearby Geisslers will grant you a stunning view of Grizzly’s north face/couloir.
The standard hiking route on Grizzly approaches the peak from the east, but climbing and skiing the mountain’s best route, the North Couloir, requires an approach from the north via the Lincoln Creek Road. Because this road doesn’t typically melt out until late spring and the North Couloir faces, well, north, we would recommend this route as a late-spring / early-summer project. Though you may have to hike a portion of the approach on a dry trail with skis and boots on your pack, the effort is well worth the spoils of skiing one of the Sawatch’s greatest and most classic couloirs. Grizzly Peak’s North Couloir is not to be overlooked!"