Andrew Peak via Andrews Creek in Pasayten Wilderness / 安德魯峯

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Happy Seattle Pride weekend! Together, Andrew Peak, Amos Peak, Peepsight Mountain, and Freds Mountain in Pasayten Wilderness overlook Glory Creek Basin. But the best part? They are close to one another to tackle in one trip.

Andrew Peak, Amos Peak, and Freds Mountain from Peepsight Mountain
Andrew Peak, Amos Peak, and Freds Mountain from Peepsight Mountain

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Andrew Peak + Amos Peak + Peepsight Mountain + Freds Mountain at a Glance

Glory Slam = Andrew Peak + Amos Peak + Peepsight Mountain + Freds Mountain
榮耀滿貫=安德魯峯+阿摩司峯+窺視山+佛瑞德山

Access: Andrews Creek Trailhead
Round Trip: 38 miles
Elevation Range: 3040′-8301′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: on the trail

The Preface

It’s the pup and my first backpacking trip together this season. And Pasayten Wilderness was calling our names! I had a wonderful weekend up by Snowfield Peak. Then this week, the two of us went to tackle these four peaks.

Most parties would likely add an extra day to have a more enjoyable outing. But sadly, I only had two days to spare. So I wanted to see about climbing all of them in one trip. It would also save us from repeating the long Andrews Creek Trail.

Follow these to Andrew Peak
Follow these to Andrew Peak

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Andrew Peak + Amos Peak + Peepsight Mountain + Freds Mountain

The drive on Chewuch Road from the turnoff in Winthrop to Andrews Creek Trailhead was smooth sailing. A few cattle guards along the way, but in great shape for the entire stretch. We car camped on another Friday night to get an early start.

Two other vehicles were at the trailhead early Saturday morning when we started hiking. Low clouds in the morning with spotty views to the upper valley.

Down trees next to the trail
Down trees next to the trail

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Andrews Creek Trail

It was clear that the trail had received lots of work since the fire. So it was free of tree debris for 8.5 miles to the south Peepsight Trail junction. The occasional stream crossings, big brush, and mud puddles didn’t pose any significant issues.

I had a brief exchange with a horse rider we met by the junction. She informed me that the crew typically comes in after the Fourth of July weekend to clear the Peepsight Trail.

Horse rider by Peepsight Trail junction
Horse rider by Peepsight Trail junction

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Cross-Country to Rock Lake by Andrew Peak

Many down trees showed up at half a mile past the fork, which slowed us down significantly. Later at one mile shy of Andrews Pass, we shortcut up to the north Peepsight Trail. The path even harder to follow when we found it.

Someone was kind to have built many one-rock cairns and so we could stay on track. Soon, we reached Rock Lake in another 1.5 miles. Then we left for Andrew Peak right after setting up the tent.

Andrew Peak looming above the down trees
Andrew Peak looming above the down trees

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Bear Sighting at Rock Lake

My heart skipped the minute we heard screeching sounds in the forest. The noise came from two bear pups that had climbed up a tree above the eastern lakeshore after spotting us. So my plan via the southwest ridge was no longer feasible.

Without needing to assess the situation further, we backed up right away. Meanwhile, I made loud noises as we walked to the opposite side of the lake. I want to make sure that the mother bear did not see us as a threat.

Peepsight Mountain behind Rock Lake
Peepsight Mountain behind Rock Lake

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Alternative Route to Andrew Peak

We made a counterclockwise loop around the lake. Then from the north shore, we proceeded to climb up on the south ridge. There were lots of hidden ramps and ledges among the granite rock slabs. They allowed us to go up fairly easily.

As we went higher on the ridge, we moved from heather slopes to the talus. Soon, we were up on the flattish ridgeline at 8200′. Then we scrambled north for another 100′ to reach the top.

Final scramble up to Andrew Peak
Final scramble up to Andrew Peak

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Andrew Peak Summit Views

Views of the basins and valleys were excellent. I also got a preview of Peepsight Mountain and Freds Mountain west of Glory Creek. Both would be our day two’s goals. The stoic Remmel Mountain has been looming across the valley the entire time.

Of all four peaks on this trip, Andrew Peak had the least comfortable seating. It was also the only one with a summit register from Fay Pullen. She had placed it at the top back in 2009.

Peepsight Mountain on the other side
Peepsight Mountain on the other side

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Next Stop, Amos Peak

I browsed through the few pages of register entries. Then I noticed that someone had cleverly corrected the name of the peak. They did so by penciling in an “s” to the word Andrew. But the naming convention for Andrews Creek, Andrews Pass, or Andrews Trail didn’t apply in this case.

Grr. So I erased the “s” from the name. We had an hour of pleasant and windy stay. Then we started going north toward our second goal of the day–Amos Peak.

Amos Peak on the other side
Amos Peak on the other side

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Amos Peak Summit Views

The rocks grew bigger the farther north we went. So we bypassed the giant boulders by traveling on the west of the ridge crest. Then we slowly moved down to the 7800′ saddle between the two peaks. The talus was mostly stable.

From the saddle, we went north on more talus through the burned zone. Before long, we made it up to the broad summit of Amos Peak. Views up here were very much the same as Andrew Peak. Only at a slightly different angle and farther north.

Looking back at Andrew Peak
Looking back at Andrew Peak

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Back to Rock Lake via Andrew Peak

I didn’t want to revisit Andrew Peak. So we dropped past the saddle down to 7400′. Then we made a rising traverse between the steep west face and the meadow below. Before long, we were on the southwest ridge at 7600′.

I wasn’t sure if the bears were still hanging out by the lake. So we returned to the south ridge by rounding the ridgeline. Then we backtracked to camp down by the water.

Leaving Amos Peak behind
Leaving Amos Peak behind

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Glorious Day Two

The next morning, we left for Crazy Man Pass to climb Peepsight Mountain. Much of this area had been through wildfires. So the trail was virtually nonexistent. But glad that there were more one-rock cairns to guide us.

From the pass, the north ridge route looked doable. So we bypassed Point 7990 from the south and then reached the south saddle. It took a shorter time to get there from the Crazy Man Pass than I expected. Peepsight Mountain was now south of us.

Looking back at Andrew Peak and Amos Peak
Looking back at Andrew Peak and Amos Peak

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Peepsight Mountain Summit Views

The north ridge turned out to be fairly direct and mild. For the most part, we were on or east of the crest for the climb. Along the way, we bypassed a few minor ridge bumps. But no real issues overall.

We enjoyed an hour of breakfast time on top while savoring beautiful morning views. Later we moved on to our second and final goal of the day–Freds Mountain. As always, mountains were much farther apart in person.

Peepsight Mountain awaits
Peepsight Mountain awaits

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Getting to Freds Mountain

The ridge traverse was three times longer than going from Andrew Peak to Amos Peak. But the larger ridge bumps were more annoying to bypass. Boulder hopping was enjoyable, but not so much the sidestepping part.

Wilma was the last high point south of Freds Mountain. So we bypassed it by staying at an altitude of 7600′ through the western slopes.

Ashnola River Basin with Peepsight Lake
Ashnola River Basin with Peepsight Lake

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Long Ridge Traverse

Earlier, I mistook Wilma for Freds Mountain’s real summit. But that was until I could see past Wilma at 7800′. Then, OMG, there was more. At least another half a mile to go!

Despite the lengthy traverse, this part of the ridge was much more comfortable to move through. So we stayed on the crest and avoided the dense shrubs on the west side altogether.

Freds Mountain within reach
Freds Mountain within reach

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Final Stop, Freds Mountain

Of all the summits we visited in the last two days, Freds Mountain was the most spacious. There was enough room to house an entire army. It even had a tall cairn marking the highest point. Otherwise, it was hard to tell.

The summit was another excellent viewpoint on this warm and sunny day!

Looking back at Peepsight Mountain
Looking back at Peepsight Mountain

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Shortcutting Down to Glory Lake Basin

I didn’t want to revisit the long ridgeline. So I poked around the top and found a way down the steep northeast ridge. But later, we exited from the adjacent gully. In turn, the shortcut put us in the boggy and mosquito-infested Glory Creek Basin. What joy!

We came across lots of loose rocks and choss in the gully. But it saved us lots of time. The last thing I wanted to do now was to go back to Peepsight Mountain.

Leaving Freds Mountain
Leaving Freds Mountain

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Meandering Through Burned Forest

Since the basin had through fires, we never located the trail shown on the map. So instead, we followed the creek on the east. Then we gradually climbed up to the 7200′ saddle just east of Glory Lake.

Beyond the saddle, we found the trail from this morning. Then we followed the cairns back to our campsite at Rock Lake. Glad not to have seen any more bears since yesterday’s brief encounter!

Glory Creek Basin north view
Glory Creek Basin north view

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Long Hike Back to the Trailhead

Back at camp, it felt as though we had used up all of our energy for the day. So we took a much-needed power nap before packing up. Then it was the 13-mile hike plus some scramble back out to the car.

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