Ten Thousand Foot Ridge, Lake Peak, Grinnell Mountain
By: Bill T. Russell
Leaders: Bill T. Russell, Frank Goodykoontz
This trip was scheduled as an official exploratory trip with the idea that "Old 10K Ridge" might be recommended for return to The List. Later we became aware that the HPS policy guide for adding peaks was now part of the HPS bylaws and that Point 9930, the original summit, did not meet the criteria for peak addition.
We started at Fish Creek Meadow at about 8:15AM and climbed up the timbered ridge to the South, above Point 9580, and on to Point 9930. The original HPS register that was placed in 1968 is still there. Nine outings are recorded with many illustrious HPS names. There are few entries after 1974 when the summit was moved 1-1/2 miles to the west to Point 10094. After reminiscing about the old days we made the pleasant hike to the summit and had lunch. The present summit is bare and has an excellent view in all directions. The old summit has pine trees which curtail the view.
After lunch we went west to the summit rocks of Lake Peak. Then we went down and up to Grinnell; it is like a well groomed park. We descended the easy east ridge of Grinnell to the Fish Creek Trail and returned to the cars which we reached at about 5:30PM.
It was a beautiful crisp day with a fine group of people and a very nice route.
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