A United States National Park located in Washington State featuring the rugged mountain peaks of the North Cascades Range and the most expansive glacial system in the contiguous United States. ~Wikipedia
Climbers sometimes referred to this obscure high point as Hellfire Peak.
Corteo Peak hadn't always been on the radar despite having taken notice from various mountaintops over the years.
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.
I first took notice of Oakes Peak from the summit of Damnation Peak, first high point I climbed between Goodall and Bacon Creek drainages.
Bacon Creek Road (NF-1060) was clear of obstacles and with a dusting of snow beyond the first mile.
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.