(Last Updated On: June 22, 2016)
Several years ago, we skied the Grizzly Couloir on Grizzly Peak in perfect June powder conditions. As we packed up and drove down Lincoln Creek we couldn’t help but notice a number of other enticing ski descents in the area- in fact if you read the old trip report, you’ll see a photo of Anderson Peak. Meanwhile, our friend Natalie was researching other routes in the area and spotted the same peak- so that’s where we headed. The namesake Anderson Lake was still frozen:
We went for the couloir that was second from the looker’s left, since the snow looked the best in it. Up and away:
The couloir ended abruptly in broken and exposed 4th class rock. While the summit would have been a nice bonus, it would have taken too long by the time we got back to the quickly softening snow. Natalie quickly skied down on her own, convinced she would walk the steeper parts (she didn’t). Brittany and I waited for the sun to soften the stil shaded couloir- and we probably waited 20 minutes too long. Oh well, next time. My friends named me the hotstepper, probably because of moves like this through the rocks.
One of Brittany’s first turns:
Conditions dictated plenty of jump turns:
After the couloir, it was time to milk the turns on the apron and walk back to the car. What a great peak, we might have to go back for a few of the other lines in the area. Til next time,