Scrub the old approach to the mountain as described in Volume 5. This newest approach works rather better thanks to Paul L who flagged, blazed, built cairns and trimmed branches on a centuries old game trail, then connected it up to the Gunnery Creek trail near the pass.
So 220 m before Gunnery Pass at 705878 look for red flagging on trees to the left. Heading west, follow the markers, then turn north into dim forest where you pick up the game trail taking you all the way to the base of the mountain.
The going is easy to the first meadow. When Paul casually mentioned you cross three meadows I thought nothing of it. Oh you cross them alright, but this is where most of the height gain comes in, because the meadows are steep grassy strips,and you must climb a way up each one, the first is the worst, to regain the connecting trail. No doubt the game lazily forage their ways up and down the grass, but us humans will be grateful for trails that will some day develop.
After this comes the treed traverse which ends with a series of very short, steep uphills. This leads into my favorite section—the crossing of a scree slope with a view of Holy Cross ahead. At the end of it, trail and cairns guide you into the treed drainage below the face at 695886.
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Paul is anxious to get everyone’s opinion on this route.