2010/8/14 – Seven Fingered Jack / 七指傑克

Kodak moment on Seven Fingered Jack
Kodak moment on Seven Fingered Jack

Photos from this trip can be found here.

A recent trip report gave the idea to climb this beautiful mountain. Just when I thought Cascade mountains couldn’t get any bigger, I was greeted with jaw-dropping views after arriving in Leroy Creek Basin.

Everything about this climb felt larger than life. The drive to Phelps Creek Trailhead, the approach to Leroy Creek Basin, not to mention the routing finding or the long scree ascent. Luckily plenty of cairns were there leading the way.

The one photo from the trip report that stuck with me was that of the head of Entiat River Valley. I couldn’t get the beautifully glaciated terrain out of my head and I was determined to see it firsthand.

So there I was, many lung breaks and grunts later, finally made it to the top and rewarded myself with the long-awaited view into the east. Airy and dead silent on top, something I haven’t experienced before but thoroughly enjoyed and savored.

The occasional squawking from a few hawks circling above had me a bit nervous. Glad their next meal wasn’t me!

Access: Phelps Creek Trailhead
Gear: helmet

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