Davis Peak 7051 by Mount Ross via Gorge Creek Falls / 戴維斯峯

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Davis Peak 7051 by Mount Ross sits south of the Picket Range in North Cascades. The steep incline rises 6000′ in three miles upon leaving Gorge Creek Falls. But the vast endeavor plus sweat yields a massive payoff with views.

Davis Peak in North Cascades up ahead
Davis Peak in North Cascades up ahead

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See these posts for Davis Peak in Salmon La Sac.

Davis Peak 7051 in North Cascades at a Glance

Access: Davis Peak Climbers Trailhead
Round Trip: 6.2 miles
Elevation Range: 1096′-7051′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: no

South Ridge

The gully at 3600′ was brushy without any snow. But things started to look more promising when at the granite slabs at 4850′. Soon, the terrain flattened on the ridgetop but steepened again after we went down the north of Point 5872. I brought a rope for this part but didn’t need it.

The ridgeline seemed to go on forever like the neighboring Mount Ross. Once we reached the south ridge at 6300′, the rest of the route was visible. But the summit was still out of sight from that point. We later bypassed more cliff bands while avoiding snow on the east rim.

The Snowfield group
The Snowfield group

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Davis Peak 7051 Plus Exit

The top was partly under snow with cornices over the steep east face. So we stayed west of the crest on dry rocks mostly. Views into the Southern Picket Range and the Snowfield group were breathtaking. I had wanted to come up here for a while to see Diablo Lake and Ruby Mountain.

Going down the mountain took much less time. But the steep incline was brutal on the knees in reverse. As planned, we crossed the brushy gully before dark. Then the rest of it went by fast. Thanks to the yellow pup for sniffing our way down the whole way.

Diablo Lake with Ruby Mountain
Diablo Lake with Ruby Mountain

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