Some goofy middle fork peak (attempted)
The logging road on the east side of Zorro Ridge ends near Little Comrade. From the end of the road it is an open-forest traverse to Little Comrade. Avoid brush by staying high at the slide alder on the east side of Little Comrade.
On the way we climbed point 4,280'+, immediately south of Little Comrade. We scrambled from the gully to the south up 3rd class rock, traversed a ledge to the right, and followed a ridge up to the left to where it met two sections of class 5 rock with a ledge with a tree in between. I led this, the second section of class 5 felt like 5.9 (I may be over-rating it since I was in boots with a full pack on my back), and belayed from a rock horn above. After this was a short 4th class section. The rest of the route north to the summit was 3rd class and exposed at times. There was no evidence of previous visitors at the summit. I left a cairn.
After the slide alder on the east side of Little Comrade, we made an ascending traverse through a brief stand of doug fir; then up a mossy, rough slab; through another brief tree section; and down a dirt gully. From here there were couple upward possibilities. We explored the first gully, which had an ugly class 4 section (perhaps we could have bypassed it to the right?) and above it was a rocky basin/gully that I looked at and decided we didn't have time for. It would definitely be worth exploring the two other gullys further west, I didn't have time to see if they went anywhere. The third gully may require descending and traversing low to get into it.
approx. 4,555 feet
12 hours 25 minutes
41 minutes driving there from Capitol Hill to Mailbox Peak trailhead
1 hour 47 minutes ascending (bike & hike) from Mailbox Peak trailhead to turn-off of Granite Creek Road-Trail
1 hour 52 minutes ascending from turn-off of Granite Creek Road-Trail to Zorro Ridge pass
2 hours 47 minutes traversing from Zorro Ridge pass to top of Little Comrade's sub-summit
2 hours 19 minutes traversing from top of Little Comrade's sub-summit to where we turned back on Little Comrade
1 hour 32 minutes traversing from where we turned back on Little Comrade to Zorro Ridge pass
1 hour 15 minutes descending from Zorro Ridge pass to turn-off of Granite Creek Road-Trail
53 minutes descending (bike & hike) from turn-off of Granite Creek Road-Trail to Mailbox Peak trailhead
South side of Mount Teneriffe
East side of Mailbox Peak and Dirtybox Peak
Mount Teneriffe and Green Mountain
Gully south of Little Comrade's sub-peak
Russian Butte and Little Comrade
South side of Little Comrade
West side of Revolution Peak
West side of Russian Butte
4440+ pass on Zorro Ridge
Russian Butte from Zorro Ridge
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.