Star Peak + Courtney Peak + Oval Peak on Sawtooth Ridge / 星峯

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Star Peak, Courtney Peak, and Oval Peak are on the long Sawtooth Ridge in Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. All three are among Washington State’s tallest peaks as well. The proximity makes them doable in one trip as well.

Kodak moment on Oval Peak of Wish Slam
Kodak moment on Oval Peak of Wish Slam

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Star Peak + Courtney Peak + Oval Peak at a Glance

Wish Slam = Star Peak + Courtney Peak + Oval Peak

Access: Wolf Creek Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 3920′-8795′
Gear: helmet, crampons
GPS Track: not available
Dog-Friendly: on the trail

Star Peak, Courtney Peak, and Oval Peak

Last week we stayed close to home. Then this weekend, we ventured into someplace farther. Someone had told me in passing about the Wish Slam. So I thought we’d check out the hype surrounding the area.

For this trip, we climbed Star Peak, Courtney Peak, and Oval Peak. The pups hadn’t done anything this strenuous. And it turned out to be the most physically challenging one for the pups. Yet, we managed to hike into Star Lake and went up to three peaks on day one.

Then the next day, we climbed Oval Peak on the way back to the trailhead. It was our fourth and final peak on this trip.

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Gray Peak Was a Maybe

It was another weekend with gorgeous and hot weather. Gray Peak was at first a maybe. But since I had seen people climbed it as a side trip, I thought we could give it a try. It was also hard to resist climbing it after seeing the proximity from Courtney Peak.

The pups and I were low on energy after climbing Star Peak and Courtney Peak. So we took a power nap before leaving Courtney Peak. Later we crossed lots of talus to Gray Peak. Then we arrived at the summit just as the sun was setting. Then we went back to camp in the evening before it became dark.

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Oval Peak Plus Outro

Of all four peaks we went up in the last two days, Oval Peak took the longest to climb. I must have put the pups through hell since they slept through our summit photo session. We didn’t stay long at the top. The heat and the lack of trees were starting to get to us.

Glad we had left our packs by the junction. They would have added the extra weight while we went up to Oval Peak. I know that the black lab would not have wanted to carry his to the top and back.

One more slam down!

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