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Ascent of Emerald Peak on 2020-10-03

Climber: Val Kung

Date:Saturday, October 3, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Emerald Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8422 ft / 2567 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed Emerald (day 1), Pinnacle and Saska (day 2), and Cardinal (day 3) and took our sweet time soaking in the views and all the larches. We used Fabien's GPX track (thank you!) and it was spot on.

There were plenty of water sources along the whole route running through the basins. It was really cool seeing new growth where there was water running through the burn area after Saska pass.

Luckily, there were well defined boot paths up the scree on all four peaks, making the ascents much easier and more tolerable. Emerald, Pinnacle, and Cardinal were straight forward in terms of route finding. We found that on the ascent to Cardinal, traveling over the boulders/talus for as long as we could made for easier and quicker travel, and we only ascended half the distance in scree. Saska was slightly trickier than the other three. It's easy to follow a boot path up most of the way, but eventually you need to trend right and scramble up a little bit (around 7700-7800' maybe?) to get into a wide gully just south of the summit. The scramble is pretty loose and so is the gully, but it's only for a short distance and not any worse than other cascade choss. Once in the wide gully, head for a notch in the red rock, cross over to the other side, and it's a quick easy scramble to the summit.
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