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Bushwhacking to Grantham Peak and Mount Rykert
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.11 - 21:41:26
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Nelson Range
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 250m
Participants: Kieran Simpson, Jayden Gigliotti, Kail Huber, Ben Collison
Difficulty: 2: Very thick bush almost all the way to Grantham summit on the route we took... After that the ridge is a nice hike following a game trail.
Bushwhacking the north side of Grantham Peak to the summit and ridge walking north to Mount Rykert.
The ATV road where we started hiking isn't just overgrown with bush, there's literally small tree trunks growing diagonally across the road from either side. They did not push out of the way easily and it was a frustrating bushwhack for the first 1.3km

We started on the ATV road before turning and heading straight up toward the summit of Grantham. The bush was much better than the overgrown road.

From the summit of Grantham (southernmost peak of the three-peak ridge) there are no views, but it is the highest point on the ridge.

The ridge walk in very easy to the center peak, unnamed. Again, there are no views here. You go back down before gaining the elevation back again to climb to Mount Rykert on the south end of the ridge. Rykert offers some great, unique views of the Creston Valley.

[photo]DSC08778.JPG[caption]Grantham Peak (right) and unnamed central peak (left) on the Rykert ridge from just below Mount Rykert summit[/photo]

On the way back, we attempted to cut down to lower on the road by heading southeast just after the middle peak. For the first bit this route was much better than the first bushwhacking we did, but after a while it turned in to even thicker bushwhacking. On the bright side, it wasn't as long of a bushwhack.

We came out on the road and walked back up to the car.

The road is a lot more overgrown I think than the last entry from Sandra, but the drive is great, and the route is still the same.

[photo]DSC08783.JPG[caption]The Creston Valley from the West (summit of Mount Rykert)[/photo]

[photo]DSC08785.JPG[caption]Looking Northeast from Mount Rykert summit, towards Creston and Wynndel[/photo]

[photo]DSC08787.JPG[caption]Looking south towards Idaho from Mount...

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