Camels Hump by Reynolds Peak / 靠雷諾茲峯的駱駝峰

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

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All in all, it was a great summer with fabulous weather. I decided not to work on my blog or edit photos after every trip. So I took a pleasant break from the blog and channeled my energy toward getting out.

Fall is only a few days away. So I finally sat myself down, gathered my thoughts, and reminisced on many memorable moments over the last four months. The yellow pup and I continued our peak-bagging journey while the black lab enjoyed his weekends in boarding.

The Lowdown on Camels Hump

Access: Reynolds Creek Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 3160′-8015′
Gear: helmet, snowshoes, ice ax
GPS Track: available

The Preface

A recent trip report inspired me to start my big mountain climbing adventures. So with no specific goals in mind, we checked out two of the second hundred highest peaks of Washington. AKA T200. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about working on the list. So, we began the season in one of my favorite areas of the Cascades–Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.

In search of access gully
In search of access gully

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Reynolds Creek Trail Approach

Friday night, we car camped by the trailhead. Then the next morning, we started hiking just before 7. This trip was the second time we went into the Reynolds Creek Basin. The first time being in the late summer of 2011. Luckily, being the early season, this time there was sufficient snow coverage. So we did not need to perform pole vaulting act in getting through the down trees in the forest.

Snow appeared on the trail at mile two. But it was still comfortable enough to continue without snowshoes. We made good time getting from the creek into the basin. Thanks in part to the boot tracks from two climbers who went up to Reynolds Peak. I put on snowshoes just before breaking out of the trees. We then continued through to the head of the drainage.

Reynolds Creek Basin

From there, the leftmost narrow gully provided direct access into the upper basin. Shortly, we were on the east ridge of Camels Hump at 7100′. Moving west below the crest on steep slopes, we soon arrived at the 7680′ shoulder. Then we finally got our first glimpse of the peak on the other end of the connecting ridge. However, the true summit wasn’t yet visible from this angle.

Tony Basin
Tony Basin

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Ridge Traverse to Camels Hump Summit

Steep north face and corniced ridgeline forced us to travel on the steep south slopes above Tony Basin. The terrain in the final 200′ was moderate, so I left the snowshoes by a group of dry rocks. I had initially mistaken them for the real summit from below. It was too much of a hassle to go back down and get the snowshoes. So we slowly punched through the snow in the last 100′ to the top.

It was a clear day with abounding views. Reynolds Peak made up the bulk of the scenery to the north. Its south face looked much less intimidating than the north. Oval Peak, part of the Wish Slam, dominated the southeastern skyline. So many Washington’s highest peaks around us, but so little time to savor them all.

Mount Gibbs
Mount Gibbs

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Outro

We took time getting back down to Reynolds Creek Basin in the afternoon slush. Just before Reynolds Creek crossing in the forest, we saw into a group of Mountaineers. Among them were a couple of friends on their way to climbing Reynolds Peak.

Since it’s Memorial Day weekend, campgrounds along Twisp River Road were free. So the pup and I spent the night at the South Creek Campground. The area sure was quiet for a holiday week. We went to sleep shortly after dinner to get ready for tomorrow’s outing.

Back to Reynolds Creek Basin
Back to Reynolds Creek Basin

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