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Ascent of Cache Peak on 2020-07-05

Climber: Dan Krueger

Others in Party:Kate Wrablik
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cache Peak
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:10339 ft / 3151 m

Ascent Trip Report

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I've wanted to climb Cache for quite a long time because of the stats it holds. Being from Boise, it's quite a long drive... there are much more interesting mountains much closer! Anyway, Kate and I were on a trip to Idaho Falls, so we decided to stop on the way home and summit this peak.

The drive up from Oakley is pretty long, it took us a little over an hour to reach the spot at 8400ft that we stopped at to spend the night. Most of the road up to the trailhead is quite good, but the last 2 miles definitely require high clearance, and I was glad to have 4wd and good tires as there are some rocky spots in the road to climb over.

Once at the trailhead there's a very nice trail up to the Cache / Independence saddle - from here you have a great view of the Independence Lakes. I'll also note that bear tracks were EVERYWHERE! We didn't get to see any bears though, just tracks. At the saddle the trail ends and you are left to bushwhack your way up to the summit of Cache. I don't know if there's a preferred route or not, we found no trace of a trail. The trees/bushes are quite thick and there were patches of snow mixed in - it was slow going, but eventually it opens up and there's a nice broad summit. The views are quite good as expected from a peak with so much prominence and isolation.

We had planned to also summit Mt Independnece, but we had to be back in Boise on time and the bushwhack slowed us down too much so we just skipped it... maybe someday we will return!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1819 ft / 554 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1819 ft / 554 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1819 ft / 554 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Start Trailhead:8520 ft / 2596 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1819 ft / 554 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    End Trailhead:8520 ft / 2596 m



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