First off I'm gonna give a thanks to the previous people that did TR's on this mountain ( Blackfly,threeprime,trumpetman) for the heads up on the road condition and possible route shortcuts.
Another long day trip for Dblair and I, we had left the burbs at a good time but after driving the brutal logging road for 30km we started hiking at 11:30am, definitely alittle later than expected. Anyways after hiking up the steep well flagged trail, you bust outta the trees in under an hour and are welcomed to this view.
The scrambles route gives a route out to the right and up scree, or on the left side of the creek up some slabs. We decided to take route 1a which consisted of easy slabs and ledges to the right of the creek and best of all avoided any scree, then when at the plateau just crossed the creek on the snow.
Up the grassy gully in the center of the screen which takes you to the upper basin and then from there up onto another ridge
1.The ridge you follow coming outta the basin
2.Porterhouse peak in the background with tubesteak tower to its right[
Very nice scambling to get into the gully/ramp that takes you right to the top of the sub-summit ( I think this is the gully Blackfly mentioned to shave off 30minutes or so?
1.Summit from sub-summit
Random photos from top
1.Coming home cutting across below sub-summit to shave some uphill
2.Getting ready to drop into gully
We decided to come down the slab route this time which went fine until we realized the creek was running too fast/high and that there were no dry rocks to hop across anywhere in sight. So with no choice we just walked straight through the creek which actually felt good on the feet.
With our late start we were racing the sunset and had very little time to spare on the way down and ended up getting to the truck about 10 minutes away from headlamp time. The road may be a pain in the ass but the rock was fun, the surrounding peaks amazing to look at, alittle route finding to keep you on your toes. 3 star rating for sure.