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
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.
Road view by Oakes Creek
We aimed for Oakes Peak today. But we turned around and spent the rest of the day by Oakes Creek.
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.
Due to the damage from Goode Fire, North Cascades National Park officials had closed off access to Park Creek Trail.
The 16-mile approach into Thunder Basin felt extra long when views were scarce.
Last year Kenny and I came into the area and attempted Mox Peaks.
Snowfield has been on my list since 2012 when I enrolled in the Seattle Mountaineers basic climbing course.
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