Many Trails Peak + Johnny Peak + Three Pinnacles via Slate Pass / 多路峯

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Many Trails Peak, Johnny Peak, and Three Pinnacles perch above Lost River Gorge in Pasayten Wilderness. Meanwhile, the former overlooks the hard-to-reach Hidden Lakes. Though indirect, Slate Pass is one of the several options to these obscure peaks.

"Many trails" and not one to follow
“Many trails” and not one to follow

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Many Trails Peak + Johnny Peak + Three Pinnacles at a Glance

Lost Slam = Many Trails Peak + Johnny Peak (aka Trailblazer) + Three Pinnacles
失落滿貫=多路峯+強尼峯 (亦稱先驅峯) +三巔峯

Access: Buckskin Ridge Trailhead @ at Slate Pass
Round Trip: 56 miles
Elevation Range: 4920′-8241′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: with guidance

September 27-30, 2018

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Day 1 – Thursday, September 27
Upper Johnny Lake
Night 1 – Upper Johnny Lake

Day 2 – Friday, September 28
Many Trails Peak + Johnny Peak
Night 2 – Upper Johnny Lake

Day 3 – Saturday, September 29
Three Pinnacles
Night 3 – Monument Creek Basin at 7200′

Day 4 – Sunday, September 30
Exit


Day 1

Upper Johnny Lake

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The Preface

Many Trails Peak, Johnny Peak, and Three Pinnacles were going to be our Labor day weekend trip. But in mid-August, McLeod Fire had forced several road closures near Mazama to go in through Eightmile Pass. As I wrote this post, the order was still in effect.

So pup and I sought the other way via Slate Pass, a more extended route. It also happened to be the reroute of Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) thru-hikers because of Holman Fire. So we met many of them along the final stretch of their long journey.

Meandering through
Meandering through

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Middle Fork Pasayten River Valley

The pups and I first went to Slate Pass five years ago, climbing a few Bulger peaks. But we’ve since hiked the same route two more times. One time to Ptarmigan Peak. The other was to Mount Rolo via Ferguson Lake. We pushed through the 20-mile to Johnny Lakes to have all the daylight the following day

I didn’t know about the PCT reroute until I saw a sign by Pasayten River. Then we met five hikers coming back from their victory lap at the border. Some people needed to go back to Harts Pass because of logistical reasons. Meanwhile, others preferred having a permit to enter Canada past the northern terminus.

Freds Lake
Freds Lake

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Through Freds Lake and Lake Doris

Later, we met two fishers by the Eureka Creek Trail, and we chatted. I didn’t know fishing in Lake Doris was a thing. But they were ecstatic to tell me about the trout, as well as the ones deposited in various lakes here. Who knew?! Meanwhile, the pup loved the attention from everyone.

We reached Freds Pass at 1 PM, with only six more daylight hours to reach Shellrock Pass. So we started going at full speed in the hope of getting there by 4:30. Just past Freds Lake was the larches, so it was hard to keep from stopping for photos!

En route to Shellrock Pass
En route to Shellrock Pass

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Shellrock Pass to Johnny Lake

We were on track going up to Shellrock Pass. But when I looked to the east, I had doubts about reaching Johnny Lakes before dark. Later, we went past Butte Pass and Point 7275 near sunset and climbed up Pass Butte’s west ridge in the night. That put us on Johnny Peak’s south end at 8080′.

We spent some time going up and around Pass Butte’s two peaks before reaching Johnny Pass. Soon, we dropped 800′ on talus to Upper Johnny Lake. At the same time, we bypassed the leftover ice sheets in the gully by hugging the cliffs above the lake.

East panoramic view from Shellrock Pass
East panoramic view from Shellrock Pass

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Upper Johnny Lake Camp

I can’t remember the last time we went down a talus field through cliffs in the dark. But it was a bit nerve-racking, especially with a dog. At last, we reached the lake at 8:30 PM. Oh, but now I’ve missed those 9 o’clock sunset times.

Shortly, we set up camp and ate. Then I set the alarm for an early time to leave by 6 AM. It made sense to climb Mary Trails Peak first since it was the farther one of the two goals here. I also wanted to give ourselves enough leeway.

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Day 2

Many Trails Peak + Johnny Peak

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Passing Middle Johnny Lake morning of day two
Passing Middle Johnny Lake morning of day two

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Many Trails Peak of Lost Slam

Destination poking out
Destination poking out

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The real Many Trails Peak please stand up
The real Many Trails Peak, please stand up

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Craggies and Sunrise Peak
Craggies and Sunrise Peak

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Lower Johnny Lake
Lower Johnny Lake

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Back to Upper Johnny Lake camp
Back to Upper Johnny Lake camp

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Johnny Peak of Lost Slam

West slopes
West slopes

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North panoramic view
North panoramic view

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Day 3

Three Pinnacles

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First light on Johnny Peak
First light on Johnny Peak

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Three Pinnacles of Lost Slam

Misty ridge run
Misty ridge run

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Point 7940 in disguise
Point 7940 in disguise

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Seeing double
Seeing double

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North view
North view

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Back to oblivion
Back to oblivion

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Back to Johnny Pass
Back to Johnny Pass

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Day 4

Exit

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Four inches overnight
Four inches overnight

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Exiting in Winter

Into the void
Into the void

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Exiting in winter
Exiting in winter

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Back to Freds Lake
Back to Freds Lake

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Out in the open
Out in the open

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Middle Fork Pasayten River once more
Middle Fork Pasayten River once more

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Back to snow for another mile
Back to snow for another mile

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