Michael Creek “Trail”
This hike starts on an unmaintained trail beside Michael Creek, which leads up through the brush to a wide open alpine slope. A solid hike up the slope involving some easy scrambling will bring you to the base of an imposing rock outcropping, where most groups on a half-day tour will turn around. The route immediately becomes difficult as you traverse past the rock outcropping and encounter a series of challenging obstacles along the ridge while following a well-worn sheep trail. Near the end of the route you will have great views of a cirque glacier, Trims Glacier & Item Peak as you approach two intimidating rock gendarmes, finishing with a punishing climb up one last steep slope where you will stand on top of the Jarvis Glacier headwall across from Mt. Silvertip…if you can make it that far!
Route Length (half-day): 1.5 miles (one-way), 1600 feet elevation gain
Route Length (full-day): up to 4.5 miles (one-way), 4500 feet elevation gain