Honoring Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service, the wilderness is located within North Cascades National Park, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, and Ross Lake National Recreation Area in the North Cascade Range of Washington State. ~Wikipedia
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.
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.
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.
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.