Ascent of Hoodoo Peak on 2009-07-17

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Friday, July 17, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hoodoo Peak
    Elevation:8464 ft / 2579 m

Ascent Trip Report

My longest drive for a day trip ever. Left Edmonds at 3:55 a.m., arriving at the Libby Lake trailhead at 8:30 a.m. via the North Cascades Highway and it was already very hot. Fortunately, it got slightly less hot the more elevation that was gained. Did Hoodoo Peak, Raven Ridge and Corax Peak. Back to the car at 6:30 p.m. and home at 11:15 p.m. via Wenatchee and Highway 2.

9 and 1/4 hours driving. 9 and 3/4 hours on foot.

Unfortunately, I went all the way to pretty Libby Lake before backtracking and going up Hoodoo Peak. Actually, I did cut off the trail and started going up Hoodoo, but it seemed too easy for a "100 Highest" and I started getting doubts about my navigation, so I went cross country back to the trail. At the Lake, I realized the peak I was on was the correct one after all, so back I went.

Back at the lake, I descended a bit, then went up and down Corax Peak's NW Couloir, which is not the recommended route, but it is the most direct. It was a bit dangerous. The gully kept getting steeper with much ice which I was able to avoid and most everything is loose. There were many tense moments. Of course, I had left my ice axe in the car. Actually, the whole couloir was tense near the top since I veered to the right. At the top, traversing over to Libby Peak and then back to Corax was a breeze. On the return, I bypassed the worst of the gully by descending on it's right side, looking down, but it still went slow near the top.

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