Climb Handies via Grouse Gulch
Anyone can do Handies from American Basin, but if you are a serious hiker this is the way to do it! The route starts at about 10,800 ft. on the road north of Silverton, proceeds over a 13,000 ft. pass on a good trail, descends 800 feet into American Basin and then joins the tourist trail up Handies. Return the same route for a total of 4900 feet of climbing. Almost the entire route is above tree line, no exposure, no scrambling. The route is long with a lot of vertical, but the gradient is friendly, so it is not as hard as you might think. The pace will be moderate. Carpool $11. 4WD/HC required. Limit 10. No dogs.
RSVP Charlie Berglund 247-9747 firstname.lastname@example.org