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Ascent of Colchuck Peak on 2020-06-27

Climber: Drew Martin

Date:Saturday, June 27, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Colchuck Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8705 ft / 2653 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started the hike on a busy Saturday morning at 6:30am. Turned off the trail at around 4.9 miles to get up a pretty mellow scree field to achieve the north ridge up to Colchuck Peak.

After getting up to the ridge there is a good amount of route finding to get the right line. There are definitely some cracks that run to slab, which don't go. I would guess that its about 70% Class 4 and 5 sections of 20-30m of Class 5. Takes approximately 5 hours to get from the trailhead to the summit.

The ridge line was dry and free of now. Some lingering snow to the west of the ridge. The path down to the col between Colchuck and Dragontail is sandy scree, but easy to descend. Encounter some snow on the way up to dragon tail, but after navigating to the ridge it is snow free with only minor scrambling.

Met a group of mountain goats at the top of Dragontail and descended the normal route down. There was some snow on north aspects, but Aasgard pass was free of snow. Beautiful days of Colchuck Lake on the way down.

Colchuck Lake is warm enough to swim in, but maybe a bit cold.
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