North Face Access by Kevin Hansen

[Editor’s Note: Rock Creek Access is covered in the book on page 293 at (C)(1). Kevin’s contribution provides visual supplementation for the Rock Creek approach and new information covering the Howard Traverse access route.]

From my experience, it is rare that a person finds the North Face on their first attempt. After a day of wandering around, you will get to a high point and look around and see what you need to do the next time you wander into the range. The map below should help you orientate yourself for both approach routes. The (A) route is the Mike Howard Traverse which is a technical approach and (B) is the long but cleaner approach up Rock Creek.

The (A) route is the Mike Howard Traverse and (B) is a long cleaner approach up Rock Creek.

The (A) route is the Mike Howard Traverse and (B) is a long cleaner approach up Rock Creek.

We used my favorite way to approach the North Face which was pioneered by Mike Howard known as the Howard Traverse

We used my favorite way to approach the North Face which was pioneered by Mike Howard known as the Howard Traverse