Correction to Secor

Grinnell Col

by Leonard Daughenbaugh

Grinnell Col connects Grinnell Lake with both McGee and Hopkins Creek drainages. From Big McGee Lake, climb southwest into the cirque east of Red and White Mountain. Climb the obvious chute that has several pinnacles at its summit. From the largest of the Upper Hopkins Lakes, climb the chute to its west, then traverse across an open area into the chute rising from Big McGee Lake. This open area usually has snow and/or ice so an ice axe would be helpful. It is possible to avoid the snow/ice by hiking north from the largest of the Upper Hopkins Lakes through Hopkins Pass, then traversing southwest to the main chute. If hiking south, follow the chute straight down to Grinnell Lake. If traveling north, leave the main chute as soon as possible, then traverse northwest beneath the southeast ridge of Red and White Mountain into the cirque containing Little Grinnell Lake.


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