Summit Elevation (m): 2088
Trip Date: Saturday, March 10, 2007
Elevation Gain (m): 620
Round Trip Time (hrs): 4
Total Trip Distance (km): 6
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 2 – you fall, you sprain something
Difficulty Notes: Easy hiking and scrambling with some very limited off trail route finding.
Technical Rating: SC5; YDS (Hiking)
Map: Google Maps
After hiking Raspberry Ridge, Wietse and I decided we still had (just) enough energy to try for the summit of Gunnery Mountain and complete a 3 peak weekend. (We did Mount Burke the day before.) Gunnery’s slopes looked pretty much snow-free from the road so we dumped all extra gear including crampons and started heading up. The sun was warm and even though we were kind of tired we really enjoyed a nice steady climb – pretty much wind free on the lower slopes. Gunnery is only about 600m height gain so it didn’t take long before we were topping out and heading towards the summit cairn.
We decided to take an alternate route down – as described by Gillean Daffern’s ‘Vol 2 – Hiking Trails’. This was probably not a really good choice, just because it was an unknown route and the day was getting late, but none-the-less we made it! The route was simple and we found a bit of trail to follow out between some steep cliffs. The walk back to the road was very pleasant and quite fast. A great little scramble for a day when you want more than 1 peak or just a small one.