Argonaut Peak via south gully
Randy's trip report
and dsweld's trip report
do a great job of describing the route Carla and I followed, so I'm
just going to highlight three sections that stood out for me.
First the brush. I don't expect brush in this part of the Cascades,
but it is on this route. The animal paths through the brush help, but
it was still very tiring.
Then the long, granite gully. The route makes a traversing ascent
from the west side of the summit, right under the base of the pink
summit slab, to the east side of the summit. Much of this traverse was
on 3rd class granite and it got old.
Finally the two cruxes. First the 3rd class gully with the 4th class
move, we used a hand line when descending this. Second was the summit
block where we had some challenging rock scrambling, we found it
easiest to pass below the two leaning blocks then ascend the final 20
feet on the west side.
It was a long and challenging trip, and it was very satisfying to
finally sit on top of the summit. It is definitely on the high end of
scrambles as far as technical difficulty goes.
We camped at the Ingalls Creek trail where it meets the Fourth Creek
trail. On the second day we hiked up the Ingalls Creek trail to Lake
Ingalls and exited via Ingalls Pass. This was an enjoyable and
beautiful way to return.
|Date: 2007/09/22 to 2007/09/23
Elevation gain: approx. 8,630 feet
Trip type: high-end scramble
USGS quad: Enchantment Lakes
In: Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Car-to-car time: 2 days
- 2 hours 5 minutes driving there from Capitol Hill to Lake Ingalls trail head
- 1 hour 8 minutes ascending from Lake Ingalls trail head to Longs Pass
- 1 hour 49 minutes descending from Longs Pass to camp (intersection of Ingalls Trail and Fourth Creek Trail)
- 4 hours 21 minutes ascending from camp (intersection of Ingalls Trail and Fourth Creek Trail) to summit of Argonaut Peak
- 3 hours 42 minutes descending from summit of Argonaut Peak to camp (intersection of Ingalls Trail and Fourth Creek Trail)
- 2 hours 26 minutes ascending from camp (intersection of Ingalls Trail and Fourth Creek Trail) to Lake Ingalls
- 49 minutes descending from Lake Ingalls to Headlight Creek
- 23 minutes ascending from Headlight Creek to Ingalls pass
- 1 hour 11 minutes descending from Ingalls pass to Lake Ingalls trail head
Descending the crux gully, Carla is right below the 4th class move
Descending the long, long 3rd class gully
Argonaut Peak from south gully
Argonaut Peak from the endless granite south gully
Not Hinkhouse Peak
Copyright © 2007 Gabriel Deal.