Shelokum Slam via Gardner Meadows / 經加德納草原上雪洛庫姆滿貫

Shelokum Mountain from Lamont Mountain
Shelokum Mountain from Lamont Mountain

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The Lowdown on Shelokum Slam

Shelokum Slam = Shelokum Mountain + Lamont Mountain (aka Wolfhead)
雪洛庫姆滿貫 = 雪洛庫姆山+拉蒙特山 (綽號狼頭)

Access: Wolf Creek Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 2920′-8082′

Gear: helmet, crampons
GPS Track: available

Wolf Creek Trail Approach

Coincidentally, the late afternoon start time was the same as our first trip from six years ago. Back then, pups and I climbed Gardner Mountains. I clearly remembered the mostly uneventful approach. Only a couple of miles before the Gardner Meadows did views begin to widen. There was a short, rutted section of the trail in higher elevations. But overall, a nicely maintained path.

Garnder Meadows was busy with a dozen tents just off the main path. We stopped just long enough to find the owner of a snow basket I picked up on the trail. Then we continued to scramble past the fields. Staying to the right of Wolf Creek, we found a flat area at 6400′ with down trees. After looking for enough space to set up the tent, we made dinner and then turned in shortly.

Wolf Creek sky
Wolf Creek sky

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Shelokum Mountain Climb

We started hiking at 6 AM the next morning to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. We traveled northwest while aiming for the 7700′ saddle between Lamont Mountain and Point 8784. From the pass, we had our first look at Shelokum Mountain. What an impressive pile of rocks! Then we went down on the northern slopes via talus, scree, and snowfields. Soon, we were moving west toward the 7300′ notch between Shelokum Mountain and Lamont Mountain.

In the Shelokum Creek Basin, rather than staying at 7200′, we should’ve dropped even lower. Because at 7000′, the terrain would’ve been less steep. And we could have bypassed the northeast-trending buttress with more ease. So did that on the way back.

Negotiating buttress
Negotiating buttress

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Shelokum Mountain Summit

From the 7300′ saddle, we got our first look down into the South Fork Cedar Creek Basin. We turned around there two weekends ago because of foul weather. I was able to see several of the highest peaks of Washington, including Silver Star Mountain, from the saddle. After stashing the snow gear, we scrambled north over the long-running ridge on or west of the ridge crest. Along the way, we either climbed over or bypassed several ridge knobs. The rock quality worsened the closer we got to the summit block.

Final scramble to the top involved climbing up a steep gully on the west face. There were many loose rocks, but the route let us avoid cliffs higher up on the ridge. But to get into the gully, we first needed to get down 100′ from a visible notch. Fortunately, the only cairn we saw during the entire trip marked this spot. The summit was flat and elongated. The steep east face dropped into Shelokum Creek Basin and on the west were the steep gullies. Abounding views with North Gardner Mountain towering overhead by nearly 900′.

Next stop, Lamont Mountain
Next stop, Lamont Mountain

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Lamont Mountain Climb Plus Summit Views

After a 45-minute lunch break, we retraced our steps back down into the basin at 7000′. Then we made a rising traverse to Lamont Mountain’s east saddle at 7700. At just 400′ below it, we veered off to climbers’ right and aimed for the higher notch at 7920′. By doing so, we were able to shave off some time bypassing the high point east of the summit. Another 150′ climb, and soon we were on top of our second destination of the day of the Shelokum Slam.

Views on Lamont Mountain were just as excellent as those of Shelokum. But at a slightly different perspective. We still needed to pack up back at camp and hike out. So we spent just enough time to get a bite and some photos before leaving the summit.

Thanks for another safe weekend
Thanks for another safe weekend

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Outro

We meandered through Gardner Meadows and then stopped by the campsites. There I chatted with folks who had climbed Gardner Mountain earlier. Then, the pup and I went on our merry way.

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