Sherman Peak 8204 and Sunrise Peak 8144 via Panther Creek / 日出峯

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Sherman Peak 8204 and Sunrise Peak 8144 are right outside Pasayten Wilderness. At the same time, both places are just a stone’s throw away from the famous Big Craggy Peak and West Craggy Peak. Plus, the closeness of the two peaks makes it doable in a day.

Next stop, Sherman Peak 8204
Next stop, Sherman Peak 8204

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

Sherman Peak and Sunrise Peak 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

The Preface

The initial plan was to spend the night on Sunrise Peak. But the warm weekend made it unlikely to find water along the ridgeline. It also wasn’t worth the effort to carry up loads of water in the heat.

So at the last minute, I decided to climb the two peaks in one long day. That way, we’d also save ourselves from the extreme heat. Plus, there’d be no shade on the ridge either.

Goat Creek crossing
Goat Creek crossing

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The Starting Point

NF-52 hasn’t changed much since our visit over Memorial Day weekend. Road 300 was in great shape, with new gravel leveling the washed-out sections. The long drive to the trailhead was nearly smooth sailing.

Other than removing a few big rocks from the roadway, there were no issues in a compact car. Before the empty parking area, we received a warm welcome from the curious roaming cattle.

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

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Panther Creek

The trail was in great shape despite being remote. Soon, we enjoyed a leisurely one-mile hike to the hidden trail fork at 5000′. But not before we missed it by a quarter of a mile.

We returned to find the old trail and walked down to the shallow Goat Creek. Then it went straight up on the other side over the steep hillside. Soon, we were up in Panther Creek Basin.

Bullhorn Peak
Bullhorn Peak

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Sunrise Peak Climb

The trail stayed east of the creek until it faded up higher. We stayed on track using cut trees until we were in the 6400′ meadow. From there was our first look at Bullhorn Peak.

Later we went up to the top of the basin. Then we reached Sunrise Peak south-east ridge saddle at 7360′ west of Point 7392. There we had our first look at both peaks plus The Craggies.

Sunrise Peak south ridge
Sunrise Peak south ridge

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Sunrise Peak Summit Views

We took the rocky crest west and gained a few hundred vertical feet. Before long, we were on Sunrise Peak’s south ridge at 7760′ with vast south views. Shortly, we went through the gentle slope to the broad summit.

The north side of McLeod Mountain looked quite intense compared with the mild south ridge. But my favorite view was Silver Star Mountain‘s north side, 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

Thanks to the breeze, the 80-degree weather felt mildly warm. So we visited for an hour as the pup took a nap. Then we made our way into Goat Creek Basin toward Sherman Peak.

We stayed at 6200′ in the open terrain before going through ravines in the trees. Then we went east over Sherman Peak’s southwest ridge. Soon, we entered the northeast-facing scree gully at 7000′.

Sherman Peak 8204 above Goat Creek Basin
Sherman Peak 8204 above Goat Creek Basin

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Sherman Peak Climb

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 Views

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. Then there was also Many Trails Peak to the north.

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, the pup and I made our way down Isabella Ridge. We went through a couple of high points to Sweetgrass Ridge, where it had also undergone wildfires. So it took a while to go through the down trees.

Later we turned west on the 5800′ saddle south of Sweetgrass Ridge high point. Then we went along 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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