State Route 20 (SR 20), also known as the North Cascades Highway, is the state’s longest highway, traveling 436 miles (702 km) across the northern areas of Washington. ~Wikipedia
Climbers sometimes referred to this obscure high point as Hellfire Peak.
McLeod Fire in mid August forced the closure of many roads and trails near Mazama.
Corteo Peak hadn't always been on the radar despite having taken notice from various mountaintops over the years.
This could very well have been the shortest climb with the shortest approach on the list so far.
Highway 20 felt very much like a ghost town on my drive to Easy Pass Trailhead.
Getting to base camp with good route finding skills, one can certainly enjoy the views abound without ever leaving camp.
Hot weather and the unlikelihood of finding a water source on the ridge had me rethink our plan.
Pup and I used rest of this week to explore the area hugely affected by the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire.
First backpacking trip with the pup this season and Pasayten was calling our names!
Ever since my trip to Snowfield Peak three years ago, I had been itching to come back for some of the other peaks in the area.
We accessed this tucked away high point by using the same initial approach for Mount Hardy.
After yesterday's trip to McLeod Mountain, pup and I car camped near Washington Pass to get in another climb the next day.