Gunnshy Peak by Gunn Peak / 靠槍峯的提防峯

I wanted to make good use of the mostly snow-free southern terrain in the mountains. So yellow pup and I tackled Gunnshy Peak in the Wild Sky Wilderness. We were also just off Highway 2 yesterday on Index Creek Trail.

Gunnshy Peak up ahead
Gunnshy Peak up ahead

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Gunnshy Peak at a Glance

Access: Barclay Creek Road (NF-6024)
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 2180′-6218′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: on the trail

The Steep Beginning

The insanely steep start was what I remembered the most from last year. Someone had removed the fire pit in this helpful drawing with directions since our first visit. But the trail on the right before the end of the spur road was easy to locate. The log crossing over Barclay Creek was a bit tricky but still manageable.

Once we left the old roadbed, the easy-to-follow trail then went up steeply. It zigzagged through the southern slope to meet the headwall at 3600′. Then the path veered to the east. Soon, we weaved our way below cliff bands and continued to climb. Afterward, we made a short but steep drop into a waterfall gully. Water dribbled from the overhead rocks.

Barclay Creek crossing
Barclay Creek crossing

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Head of the Basin

Meanwhile, there was the dark silhouette of Baring Mountain on the southern horizon. It loomed through the dense forest canopy. On the other side of the gully, the indistinct trail then climbed steeply to the right of the waterfall. There we followed a cairn or two to break out of the forest onto more moderate terrain.

We got off route here last time. Instead of heading north at the clearing, we continued east below buttresses. Then we went right into the welcoming arms of heavy slide alder and devils club. Luckily, I caught the mistake early enough to pull ourselves out of the messy situation quickly. Afterward, we went through the buttresses and relocated the faint path.

See you all at the top
See you all at the top

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Onward to Gunnshy Peak

I spotted cairns while finding our way. At times, steep drop-offs would break up the path. So we needed to pay extra attention to keep from going off route. The trail first moved north over buttresses. Then it meandered through the meadow along the east of Tailgunner’s south ridge. The pathway eventually ended at 5400′ above Tailgunner-Wing Peak saddle.

We went around Peak 5760 by dropping 200′ on the east. Then we made a rising traverse up to the saddle north of the peak. There we had our first glimpse of Gunnshy Peak finally. After a quick break, we went down the west slopes to 5200′. So we could bypass Gunn Peak’s southwest buttress.

Wild Sky lineup from Gunnshy Peak
Wild Sky lineup from Gunnshy Peak

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Gunnshy Peak Summit

Afterward, we made a rising traverse above Gunn Lake in the Lewis Creek Basin. Then we went through talus, boulders, and heather slopes to get up to 5600′. Then the terrain flattened a bit. It was lots of fun moving through slabs. There were even snow patches from the recent snowfall. Shortly, we made it onto the east ridge at 5950′. Then we had our first view of the north.

From the ridge, we traveled on or south of the ridgeline to reach the top. Views were excellent on this bright and warm day, every single peak on Heybrook Ridge and Jumpoff Ridge were visible. Mount Townsend, Gunn Peak, Merchant Peak, Wing Peak, Tailgunner, all eagerly awaited their photo ops.

Pristine
Pristine

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Outro

We spent an hour soaking in all the views around us. Then we followed our route through the basin to go back up to the Tailgunner-Wing Peak saddle. Afterward, we made a stopover at the clear tarn below Tailgunner. Then we went on our merry way down the mountain, and out.

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