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
Over the years, I'd see the mountain during various trips in the North Cascades.
I wanted to make the best use of the last three-day weekend of this year by combining two mountains.
Johannesburg Mountain was a no-go. But I stuck around on my last day to explore something else.
Second time going through Cascade Pass this season. The weather was eerily similar to the first time.
Tricouni Peak was going to be our season opener over Memorial Day weekend.
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.
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.
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