Goat Slam via Panther Creek / 經豹溪上山羊滿貫

It was another warm weekend like last week. So the likelihood of finding water to camp on the ridge was slim. Then I decided that it would be better to climb the Goat Slam in one long day. Otherwise, entertaining ourselves in hot temperatures wasn’t very appealing.

Sunrise Peak of Goat Slam
Sunrise Peak of Goat Slam

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For Sunrise Peak in the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness, see this post. For Sherman Peak in the Mount Baker Wilderness, see this post.

Goat Slam at a Glance

Goat Slam = Sunrise Peak 8144 + Sherman Peak 8204
山羊滿貫=日出峯8144 +雪曼峯8204

Access: Road 5200-300
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 4600′-8204′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: on the trail

Driving to the Starting Point

NF-52 hasn’t changed much since our visit over Memorial Day weekend. Road 300 was in better condition than I expected. There was even new gravel leveling out the washed out sections. The long drive to the starting point was almost smooth sailing.

I had to remove a few big rocks from the road. But otherwise, no issues in going through in a low-clearance vehicle. Before the empty parking area, we received a warm welcome from the curious roaming cattle.

Goat Creek crossing
Goat Creek crossing

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Getting to Panther Creek

The trail seemed to be in great shape despite being remote. We enjoyed a leisurely one-mile hike to the obscure trail junction at 5000′. But not before we missed it by a quarter of a mile. Then I realized we had gone too far.

We backtracked and found the old trail. Then we hiked down to the shallow Goat Creek. The path went straight up just on the other side. It moved through steep hills and then went up into Panther Creek Basin.

There's a trail somewhere
There’s a trail somewhere

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Sunrise Peak of Goat Slam

The trail stayed on the east of the creek until it dwindled higher up in the basin. We managed to remain on track by using cut trees until we reached the open meadow at 6400′. We had our first sighting of Bullhorn Peak there.

Afterward, we moved toward the head of the basin. Then we went up to Sunrise Peak south-east ridge saddle at 7360′. So we were now west of Point 7392. There we got our first look at the Goat Slam. We could also see The Craggies.

Bullhorn Peak
Bullhorn Peak

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Sunrise Peak Summit

We moved west on the rocky ridge crest while gaining a few hundred feet of elevation. Soon, we were up on Sunrise Peak south ridge at 7760′. By now, the views behind us to the south were immense. We continued on the gentle ridgeline onto the broad summit.

The north side of McLeod Mountain looked quite impressive in comparison to its mild south ridge. But my favorite view was the north face of Silver Star Mountain, together with Silver Moon and Vasiliki Ridge.

Silver Moon, Silver Star, Vasiliki Ridge
Silver Moon, Silver Star, Vasiliki Ridge

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Next Stop, Sherman Peak

The 80-degree weather felt considerably cooler thanks to the summit breeze. So the pup and I stayed for an hour. Then we made our way down into Goat Creek Basin. Sherman Peak was next on today’s menu.

We averaged an elevation of 6200′ in the open terrain. Then we moved through ravines in the forest before reaching Sherman Peak south-west ridge. Afterward, we went east on the ridgeline before entering the northeast-trending scree gully at 7000′.

Sherman Peak of Goal Slam
Sherman Peak of Goal Slam

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Sherman Peak of Goat Slam

The open views were now behind us. Then we slowly moved through the steep part of the gully from 7200′ to 7400′. Later, a dirt path took us up to just below a slab wall. Following the exposed ramp in the slabs, we then made it out of the steep terrain.

The terrain was mild from 7400′ onward. So we enjoyed a leisurely walk through heather and small taluses for the final 800′ elevation. This summit was another vantage point with impressive views both up and down the Isabella Ridge.

West view from the gully
West view from the gully

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Sherman Peak Summit

Most peaks to the west were now in the shadow of the afternoon clouds. But the views were gorgeous. We could still see Robinson Mountain, Beauty Peak, and Jack Mountain to the west, plus Many Trails Peak to the north.

The Big Craggy Peak certainly lived up to its name, enormous and craggy. The pups and I shared many memorable moments climbing The Craggies. It was the first backpacking trip for the three of us. Good times!

Big Craggy Peak
Big Craggy Peak

Outro

After savoring the views, pup and I then made our way down Isabella Ridge. We went through a couple of high points to Sweetgrass Ridge. The area had also undergone wildfires. So it took some time to get through all the down trees.

On the 5800′ saddle south of Sweetgrass Ridge high point, we made a right due west. Then we followed the drainage and dropped 1200′ to reach Road 300. It was lovely to see the car right as we broke out into the clearing.

Thanks for another glorious day
Thanks for another glorious day

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