Cadet Peak via Monte Cristo / 經基督山鬼鎮上卡地峯

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Cadet Peak was my first trip to the Monte Cristo area this season. Since I wanted to bike to the ghost town, I left the pup at home. But I bet he enjoyed having more time off after last week.

Cadet Peak looking toward Monte Cristo and Kyes Peak
Cadet Peak looking toward Monte Cristo and Kyes Peak

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Cadet Peak at a Glance

Access: Gothic Basin Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 2340′-7186′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: on the trail

Getting to Glacier Basin

The crux of the trip was crossing the South Fork Sauk River with the bike. But without one, the walk to Monte Cristo Ghost Town would have taken longer. The pups and I walked the whole way when we visited the ghost town.

The hike from Monte Cristo up to the Glacier Basin was straightforward. Even after the trail faded, cairns guided my way. Once I went into the basin, the path reappeared beside Glacier Creek. Then it took me to the upper basin.

Glacier Basin
Glacier Basin

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Cadet Peak Southwest Slopes

The trail later dwindled. Then at the top of the basin, I moved northeast up the steep southwest slopes. I was also moving beside the red gully feature. So my goal was to go up on the southwest ridge to finish the climb.

Cairns and some flagging guided the way. Later at 6600′, I went north on the class 3 terrain beneath the cliffs. Then I swung back around and moved southeast, aiming at the summit.

Steep southwest slopes
Steep southwest slopes

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Cadet Peak Summit

In hindsight, I could’ve stayed on the southwest ridge for the rest of the climb. But it would’ve involved some needless class 4 to low 5th moves. The final bit up to the top was on loose, rocky terrain.

The trip was the closest I’ve seen Sloan Peak. Cadet Peak was also a great vantage point to view it. Plus, the entire lineup of the Monte Cristo group was just south of here.

Matterhorn of the Cascades
Matterhorn of the Cascades

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Outro

I went back to Monte Cristo at sunset. Then a fast ride took me back to Barlow Pass right before dark.

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