Camels Hump by Reynolds Peak in Lake Chelan-Sawtooth / 駱駝峰

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Camels Hump by Reynolds Peak shares a short ridgeline with its famous neighbor. It’s also the fourth tallest peak in North Methow Mountains. Other notable high points here include Mount Gibbs and Rennie Peak.

Camels Hump summit beyond the ridgeline
Camels Hump summit beyond the ridgeline

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Camels Hump at a Glance

Access: Reynolds Creek Trailhead
Round Trip: 13 miles
Elevation Range: 3160′-8015′
Gear: helmet, snowshoes, ice ax
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

The Preface

We had fabulous summer weather. During this, I took a break from the blog and channeled my energy outside. Alas, fall is right around the corner. So I finally sat down and reminisced about the memorable moments over the past four months.

This year’s season opener brought us out to Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness after the previous weekend. Yellow pup and I continued our peak-bagging quests there. Meanwhile, the black lab enjoyed his time in boarding.

Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness
Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness

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Camels Hump

I had no specific goals in mind this year. I also didn’t want to commit to another climbing list. Nevertheless, we checked out two of the second hundred highest peaks in one of my favorite wildernesses.

The long drive to the trailhead was smooth. Later we slept in the car, something we typically do on a Friday night. Then the following day, we started walking right before 7 AM.

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Reynolds Creek Trail

It’s our second outing in Reynolds Creek Basin. The first trip was six years earlier. Though this time, we had snow en route. So we didn’t need to pole vault our way through the massive down trees.

Snow showed up at mile two. Later we crossed the creek into the basin using sufficient snow. Thanks to the two climbers climbing Reynolds Peak, who left us with decent tracks.

Camels Hump this way
Camels Hump this way

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Reynolds Creek Basin

I put on snowshoes before the clearing. Then we went up to the head of the drainage. The leftmost gully gave us fast access into the upper basin.

Soon, we were on Camels Hump’s east ridge at 7100′. After a break, we moved west below the crest on steep terrain. Then we were on the 7680′ ridge bump.

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Camels Hump at Last

Finally, we had our first sighting of Camels Hump from here. The peak was just on the other end of the joining ridge. But the actual summit was back behind the slopes.

The steep north face and corniced ridgeline soon forced us off the crest. So we continued on the steep southern slopes above Tony Basin.

Tony Basin
Tony Basin

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Final Ridge Traverse

We had moderate terrain in the final 200′. Earlier, I mistook the dry rocks above for the actual summit. So I left the snowshoes there and continued.

Later I realized we were still not at the top. By then, it was too much work to go back and get the gear. So we stepped through the snow in the last 100′ to finish the climb.

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Camels Hump Summit

It was a clear day with abounding views. Reynolds Peak made up the bulk of the landscape to the north. Its south face looked a lot less intimidating for sure.

Oval Peak, part of the Wish Slam, dominated the southeastern skyline. Plus, the plethora of Washington’s highest peaks was all around us. Though, I wish we had time to savor everything.

Mount Gibbs
Mount Gibbs

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Outro

We took our sweet time down to Reynolds Creek Basin. But it was slushy by the afternoon. Back in the forest by Reynolds Creek, we met a Mountaineers group. Among them were a couple of friends on their way to climbing Reynolds Peak.

It was Memorial Day weekend. So campsites along Twisp River Road were free. The pup and I later spent the night at the South Creek Campground. Though, the area was sure quiet for a holiday.

Back to Reynolds Creek Basin
Back to Reynolds Creek Basin

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