Ascent of Crystal Mountain-Grubstake Peak on 2020-07-06

Climber: Audun Holland-Goon

Others in Party:Jeff Goon
Date:Monday, July 6, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crystal Mountain-Grubstake Peak
    Elevation:6840 ft / 2084 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fun day of peakbagging with my dad in the Crystal Mountain area. We parked at the Sand Flats horse camp and headed up the Northway trail. We saw a coyote near where the trail meets the ridge, but otherwise uneventful.
We hiked south on the well maintained trail/road and bagged Northway Notch, Northway, Grubstake, and Summit House peaks in quick succession. From the saddle between Summit House and Silver Queen, we traversed on climber's trails and elk trails around to the saddle with the Throne. We quickly scrambled the ridge to the Throne, then back down and up to Silver Queen. We dropped down the East Ridge of Silver Queen until it intersected with a climber's trail, which we followed back to the road to Summit House. We got some food and hung out on the patio area and used the real restrooms. It had a very Swiss Alpine feel to it.
We descended the Green Valley trail, until it met the Kelley's Gap Road, then from the vicinity of the employee housing we took the access road/trail back to the Sand Flats, meeting 3 equestrians along the way.

~Six unique peaks
~8 hours 10 min total (still getting back into shape)
~4200 feet of gain
~15 or 16 miles
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: Northway Ridge

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Crystal Mountain-Northway Notch Peak2020-07-06 a 
2Crystal Mountain-Northway Peak2020-07-06 b 
3Crystal Mountain-Grubstake Peak2020-07-06 c 
4Crystal Mountain-Summit House2020-07-06 d 
5Crystal Mountain-The Throne2020-07-06 e 
6Crystal Mountain-Silver Queen2020-07-06 f 
7Crystal Mountain-Summit House2020-07-06 g 

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