There haven't been many sunny days this summer, so when Tami mentioned a mid-week hike with a good weather forecast, I knew I had to take a day off of work. We decided on Camp Robber and Grey Jay Peaks from Steamroller Pass. This hike (minus Grey Jay) is described in '50 Hikes in Chugach State Park.'
It was easy hiking on the Crow Pass Trail. We began side-hilling to enter Clear Creek Valley as the Crow Pass Trail drops towards Raven Creek. We followed moraines to a snow bridge over Clear Creek and hiked up scree to Steamroller pass. We followed the ridge to the summit of Camp Robber. There were two sections of third class; we descended below the ridge (on the West side) on the way back to the pass, which avoids one of them. From there it was an east walk to the broad summit of Grey Jay.
It was such a nice day and we started pretty early, so we took lots of time for snacks and breaks. It's easy to loose track of time when it's t-shirt weather in the Chugach. We were out around 12 hours, but I imagine it could be done on a less pleasant day in 9 without running. The hike was 15.6 miles and 7500' of elevation gain.
Heading up the Crow Pass Trail
Crow Peak and the new Crow Pass Cabin
One of the several snow traverses on the trail still lingering.
Hiking into the Clear Creek Valley.
Clear Creek Valley
Climbing towards Steamroller Pass.
View from Steamroller Pass.
Scrambly ridge leading to Camp Robber's summit (out of view).
Camp Robber's summit.
Just before the summit there is a crumbly knife ridge that requires
Grey Jay Peak
Archangel Valley and the Kinglets
Polar Bear Peak
Rubletop (foreground); Bird Peak and Nest Peak (background)
Descending from Camp Robber's summit.
Grey Jay Peak
Camp Robber Peak
Delgga Mountain and Paradise Peak (left center)
Grey Jay's summit
Lots of rock banding in the Clear Creek Valley.
Party on the Crow Pass Trail!