Ascent of Grey Jay Peak on 2015-07-18
|Date:||Saturday, July 18, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Grey Jay Peak|
| Elevation:||5700 ft / 1737 m|
Ascent Trip ReportHeather, Josh and I started from the Crow Pass Trailhead. It took us around 1h 45mins to get to the Crow Pass sign. From the pass we went around another mile down the trail before we broke off the main trail and started heading up the Clear Creek valley toward Steamroller Pass. After around 2.5 miles we were at the top of Steam Roller pass with a total time from the start 4h 45mins. At this point Heather and Josh continued down Steamroller toward Archangel Lakes while I dropped my pack and hiked Grey Jay. Grey Jay took around 30 mins round trip. I placed a new register. Back at the pass I headed up Camp Robber. Camp Robber is slightly higher and had a small bit of scrabbling near the top. I believe the Peakbagger summit coordinates are wrong and the summit is further south west. I saw evidence others thought the same and placed a new register at that place. Round trip from the pass took just over 30 minutes. I then sped down the pass trying to catch up with the other two. After around 7h 15mins from the trailhead we reached Archangel Pass. From the pass Josh and I headed up East Kinglet. Josh and I placed a new register. Josh continued on to bag West Kinglet and I turned back because I got it last year. From the pass the round trip was under 45 minutes. Heather and I headed to Grizzly Bear Lake to camp where Josh later met up with us after a successful summit. Camping at the lake was ok, we have a pair of very noisy seagulls dive bombing the dog and also a pair of slap happy beavers causing a ruckus. The gulls got the hint to quiet down when they started experiencing flak in the air, however the beavers never did. I would recommend camping at the small dammed up section of the river slightly south west. It had good flat ground, water, and would have saved us a bit of elevation while still having a spectacular view.
The next day we headed toward Paradise Pass. It took us roughly 3 hours to get to the pass. We choose to skirt the glacier to the left rather than take the steep scree up to the low point of the pass. The up was easy however the down on the other side was not great. Doable, but not as nice as the other side at the low point. If I had to do it again I’d try the low point in the pass. Once in Paradise Valley we hiked down valley to a grassy knoll and tarn near the saddle between Paradise and Delgga. Heather took and the dog took a nap while Josh and I headed up to the saddle. From the saddle it took Josh and I around an hour round trip to bag Paradise. We placed a new register. From the saddle we then headed up Delgga. It took roughly 30 minutes to get to the summit where we found the original summit register Jim Fayler and Willy Hersman placed on August 21th, 1990 in a small glass jar. We carefully placed the contents of the old register in new register and hiked out the old rusty jar. From the summit we were back at the car in 4.5 hours.
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| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Grizzly Traverse (1 nights total away from roads)|
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