Reynolds Peak + Abernathy Peak in Lake Chelan-Sawtooth / 雷諾茲峯

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Reynolds Peak and Abernathy Peak are among Washington State’s top 100 peaks. The former is recognizable by its unique, double-peaked summit from many places in the Cascades. The latter boasts an incredible view of the former peak’s sheer north side.

Kodak moment with Reynolds Peak from Abernathy Peak
Kodak moment with Reynolds Peak from Abernathy Peak

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Reynolds Peak and Abernathy Peak at a Glance

Twisp Slam = Reynolds Peak + Abernathy Peak
特威斯普滿貫=雷諾茲峯+阿伯納西峯

The Preface

Reynolds Peak and Abernathy Peak were physically demanding for the three of us. It was a long first day climbing the former. So, in turn, we had very little sleep in between climbs.

But on the flip side, the great thing about these two peaks was that we didn’t need to backpack. Plus, both places were readily accessible via Twisp River Road.

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Reynolds Peak via Reynolds Creek Trail

Going up to the head of the Reynolds Creek Basin took forever. Because of the lack of snow, we needed to bypass massive down trees. So it took us a while to get through the forest. The shrubs and slide alder add more salt to the injury.

Reynolds Peak was a big mountain. So every section took a while to go through. I had to be creative with route finding. So we could all continue without issues. It took us all morning to just get up to the snowfield. But when we were on the rocks, later, the scramble became easier.

Taking a break from the heat
Taking a break from the heat

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Reynolds Peak Summit Plus Views

Before the trip, I saw that the USGS had tagged northwest peak as the real pinnacle. But glad it wasn’t. It was evident that the high point had the wrong label when we saw it from the actual summit.

After soaking in the views, we slowly made our way back down. The sun had just set after we made it back on the trail. Then we hiked back to the car in the dark.

Abernathy Peak of Twisp Slam and Gardner Mountains
Abernathy Peak of Twisp Slam and Gardner Mountains

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Abernathy Peak via Scatter Creek Trail

The next morning, we went to Scatter Lake Trailhead, bright and early. Trail junction signs were a little confusing. Oddly, some were pointing in the wrong directions. But the way to Scatter Lake was straightforward. Later, the path ended just past the lake.

Scatter Lake nestled at the head of the basin below Abernathy Peak. As we went up on scree, a man was coming off the top. The weather later turned partly cloudy up on the summit. But glad it wasn’t windy. The pups had used up all their energy. So they took a long nap after lunch.

Scatter Lake panoramic view
Scatter Lake panoramic view

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Outro

It was great to see peaks we had climbed in the past few weeks. There were the Spirit Slam and the Wish Slam. Gardner Slam waved at us from the north. I wanted to climb them before the end of the summer. But I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen.

It took little time to go back down to Scatter Lake. So I let the pups played in the water for a bit. Then we slowly made our way back down the mountain. And it was still light out!

Reynolds Peak of Twisp Slam
Reynolds Peak of Twisp Slam

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