Glory Slam via Andrews Creek / 安德魯斯溪到榮耀滿貫

Happy Seattle Pride weekend! It’s my first backpacking trip with the pup this season. And Pasayten Wilderness was calling our names! Last weekend, I had a great outing up in the Snowfield Peak group. Then this week, we went to tackle Glory Slam by Glory Creek.

The other three climbing objectives from Peepsight Mountain
The other three climbing objectives from Peepsight Mountain

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Most parties would likely add an extra day to the itinerary. That way they would truly enjoy the trip. Unfortunately, I had just two days to spare. So I wanted to see about climbing all of the Glory Slam peaks on the list. Then we would avoid repeating the same long approach. The Andrews Creek Trail was a long trail.

Glory Slam 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

Glory Slam

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 evident that the trail had received lots of work. It was clear of tree debris for 8.5 miles to the south Peepsight Trail junction. The occasional stream crossings, big brush, and mud puddles in some areas 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 came in after the Fourth of July weekend clear out Peepsight Trail.

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

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Cross-Country to Rock Lake

There were lots of down trees across the trail at half a mile past the junction. So they had slowed us down quite a bit. We stopped one mile shy of Andrews Pass. Then we left the trail and shortcut up to north Peepsight Trail. The path was hard to locate. But it was even harder to follow once we found it.

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

Hopping through down trees
Hopping through down trees

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Bear Sighting by Rock Lake

My heart skipped the minute we heard screeching sounds in the forest. The noise came from two bear pups. They spotted us earlier and then climbed up a tree above the eastern lakeshore. So my plan to go up via the southwest ridge was no longer feasible.

Without needing to access the situation further, we backed away. Meanwhile, I made loud noises as we left. Then we walked to the opposite side of the lake. We needed to be out of the animals’ hair right away. So the mother bear would not see us as a threat.

Peepsight Mountain of Glory Slam behind Rock Lake
Peepsight Mountain of Glory Slam behind Rock Lake

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Alternative Route via South Ridge

We made a counterclockwise loop around the lake. Then from the north shore, we proceeded to climb up toward the south ridge. There were lots of hidden ramps and ledges among the granite rock slabs. So we could get up fairly easily.

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

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

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Andrew Peak of Glory Slam

There were excellent views of the basins and valleys. I also got a full view of Peepsight Mountain and Freds Mountain to the west of the Glory Creek Basin. They would be our goals for day two. The stoic Remmel Mountain had been watching us through its impressive west face.

Of all four summits we climbed 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 on the top back in 2009.

Peepsight Mountain
Peepsight Mountain of Glory Slam

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Getting to 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 of Glory Slam
Amos Peak of Glory Slam

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Amos Peak of Glory Slam

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.

Andrew Peak of Glory Slam
Andrew Peak of Glory Slam

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Back to Rock Lake Camp

I didn’t want to go back to camp through Andrew Peak. So on the way down, we dropped past the saddle to 7400′. From there, we made a rising traverse between Andrew Peak’s steep west face and the meadow below. Then we got up to the southwest ridge at 7600′.

Just in case the bears were still around, we returned to the south ridge by rounding the ridgeline. Then we used our route to go back down to camp by the lake.

Leaving Amos Peak of Glory Slam
Leaving Amos Peak of Glory Slam

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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
Looking back

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Peepsight Mountain of Glory Slam

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

We enjoyed an hour of breakfast time on the summit while savoring beautiful morning views. Later, we left for our next and final goal–Freds Mountain. As always, mountains were much farther apart than on the map.

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. Except that there were bigger ridge bumps to bypass. The boulder hopping part was enjoyable. But the sidestepping, not so much.

Wilma was the last high point just south of Freds Mountain. So to go around the peak, we stayed at an elevation of 7600′ on the western slopes.

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

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Long Ridge Traverse

I first mistook Wilma for Fred Mountain’s real summit. That was until I was able to look past Wilma at 7800′. OMG, there was more. At least another half a mile to go!

Even so, this part of the ridge was much gentler and much more comfortable to move through. We stayed on the crest and avoided the dense shrubs on the western slopes altogether.

Within reach
Within reach

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Freds Mountain of Glory Slam

Of all the summits we visited in the last two days, Freds Mountain was the roomiest and the most elongated. There was more than 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 of Glory Slam
Looking back at Peepsight Mountain of Glory Slam

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Shortcutting Down to Glory Lake Basin

There was no reason for us to cross the long-running ridge again. So I poked around the top and found a way down the steep northeast ridge. Eventually, we exited from the adjacent gully. In turn, this route put us down 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 of Glory Slam
Leaving Freds Mountain of Glory Slam

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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 out 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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