Nestled within North Cascades National Park, the Picket Range is home to many of the North Cascades classic ascents.
Getting to base camp with good route finding skills, one can certainly enjoy the views abound without ever leaving camp.
Picket traverse = Mount Challenger + Phantom Peak + Crooked Thumb Peak
After witnessing the beauty of the Picket Range from Luna Peak earlier this season, I couldn't wait to see more from another perspective.
Pup and I slept by the trailhead to catch the early water taxi next morning to Big Beaver Campground. Hiking to the campground would have added an additional 14 miles to the trip.
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.
Just when I thought scrambles couldn't get any steeper, Mount Ross set out proved me wrong.