Mount Ball to Beatrice Peak | 2010.08.14
Above stats is from Marble Canyon Campground to our camp spot at GR670669. Not car-to-car stats.
We parked our car at a big water tank in Marble Canyon Campground near section H & J. From the campground entrance follow direction sings to H. Once you get to H, ignore the loop road goes into H and continue driving. Next 50 m or so, you should see the water tank and an access road to the tank on the left.
From the water tank, there was an unused road goes along Haffner Creek for maybe 500 m until it hit a canyon. Go up hill on the left of creek to above canyon and look for orange tapes. There is hardly any trail but the tapes will guide you the entire way till above treeline near GR659667 (waypoint “Cairn 3”). You can always find the tapes on left side (north side) of the creek either right beside the creek (most of the time) or at maximum 40 m away from the creek. In my opinion, it was grasswhacking rather than bushwhacking and if you are fresh, grasswhacking for 3 hours isn’t bad at all. Though I have to admit the grasswhacking on the way back to the car with heavy pack at the end of the day was little tiring and irritating.
We find a very pretty site to camp at alpine meadow and dropped our gears at waypoint “Campsite”. Depending on the time of the year, you may not have water source so you have to look for a spot where water is still running. Now with much lighter pack, we headed to a fun rubble slope to get to the col between Beatrice and Ball (page 9). Once at the col, follow the ridge to the summit of Ball. If you do Ball first then you can take an alternate gully descent from Beatrice. We find the alternate gully was pretty enjoyable and defiantly time saver.
Note: We couldn’t find summit register at Ball, so if you read this TR and don’t mind bringing one, please do so. Funny thing that we did find summit register at Beatrice though. However Beatrice’s summit register was stuck very tightly in a crack. It took Vern 10 min to get it out. So I think we should take it to the next level. If you read this TR and don’t mind bringing glue, I don't think I need to say more.
* Grid References (GR) is based on WGS84 which can be considered as NAD83 (The difference is inciginificant)