A park in use for conservation purposes. Often a reserve of natural, semi-natural, or developed land that a sovereign state declares or owns. ~Wikipedia
Johannesburg Mountain was a no-go. But I stuck around on my last day to explore something else.
As the weather outlook worsened, we had to forego Saturday due to the high possibility of rain and snow.
Climbers sometimes referred to this obscure high point as Hellfire Peak.
I first took notice of the two peaks while climbing Burnt Mountain across the Carbon River Valley.
Saturday snow level along the Highway 2 corridor was around 3,000'; today the first patch of snow appeared just above 5,000'.
Corteo Peak hadn't always been on the radar despite having taken notice from various mountaintops over the years.
Fisher Peak looming above Fisher Creek Basin
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.
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.
All the years of staring at Crystal Mountain (aka Silver King) from across the basin, we finally got the chance to pay a visit.
I first took notice of Oakes Peak from the summit of Damnation Peak, first high point I climbed between Goodall and Bacon Creek drainages.
Picket traverse = Mount Challenger + Phantom Peak + Crooked Thumb Peak
This area between Goodell and Bacon Creek drainages I'd not explored yet driven past numerous times on Highway 20.
After witnessing the beauty of the Picket Range from Luna Peak earlier this season, I couldn't wait to see more from another perspective.
Elevation gain of this climb was insane, 6,000+ feet over 3.5 miles.
When mountaineering legend Fred Beckey said to allow a fully day for the ascent, I think he really meant it.