UNNAMED 2348 & 2296

UNNAMED 2348
UNNAMED 2296
These are minor unnamed summits/ridges on either side of Gray Creek Pass.  

Location: Gray Creek Pass
Difficulty: easy A1
Elevation gain: North: 283m (925′); South 231m (758′)
Key elevations: Gray Creek Pass 2065m (6775′), Un 2348 (7700′); Un 2296 (7330′)
Distance: 7km for both summits
Time: 3 hours
Access: any vehicle
Season: July through September
Map: 82F/10 Crawford Bay

Drive: From Balfour catch the Kootenay Lake Ferry.
0.0 Start Kootenay Bay when disembarking the ferry on the east shore. Drive Hwy 3A to Crawford Bay then south.
12.3km Pass Gray Creek Store and 150m beyond, turn left (east) onto Oliver Road. Zero odometer.
From Creston (junction of Hwy 3 and 3A) drive north on Hwy 3A – 72kms and just after crossing Gray Creek, turn right (east) onto Oliver Road. Zero odometer.
0.0 Start on Oliver Road known locally as Gray Creek Pass Road.
.3km Turn right and cross bridge over Gray Creek. Stay on main road up switchbacks.
1.3km Bear left on Gray Creek Pass Rd. Sign reads “Marysville 84km; Hwy 95A, Kimberly 88km.
7km Go left goes to Sphinx Mountain TH. (right through a winter snow gate on Gray Creek Pass Road. 9.1km Cross a creek
17.5km Gray Creek Pass. Park at the one-vehicle turnout just north of the sign Steep Grade.

Trail/Route:
North Summit
(230-928). From the pull-out, head north on a ridge in forest that thins as you ascend into the alpine. Reach the rounded summit in 45 minutes 2348m (7700′). The road is 282m (925′) below. Sphinx it directly north.
To continue north, drop 75m and then a steep ascent.
South Summit (227-917). From the pull-out, cross the road, and walk up to a crude A-frame shelter. Head SW into the forest going down and up, pass a few small rock slides and after 15 minutes, ascend the ridge to the first summit 2296m (7330′). Look SW down La France Creek. Continue on the ridge to the third summit.

 

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