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Ascent of June 10 Peak on 2020-08-27

Climber: Maureen Seeley

Others in Party:Gordon Smith
Gretchen Lenz
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 27, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:June 10 Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6019 ft / 1834 m

Ascent Trip Report

Scrambled as part of a trip to Muncaster Basin. We took the East Fork Quinault River Trail to Pyrites Creek - Ascended to the right of Pyrites Creek (off-trail, cross-country bushwhacking and following elk trails wherever we could).
- Descended from Muncaster Basin to Fire Creek, first starting skiers right from the pass, following a good animal trail and once crossing Fire Creek, staying skiers left on the ridge, keeping to the least steep terrain all the way down to the national park trail - East Fork Quinault (lots of bushwhacking, following elks trails (not many)). Not easy travel!

Once you're done with Pyrites Creek, the terrain until Fire Creek is mostly open country. Easy to follow elk trails. We saw bear and elk and no other people in this area. It's truly wilderness!

The views from June 10 peak are spectacular - you can see across the Olympics - To Muncaster Mtn and Basin, Olympus, and SO many more peaks.

Camp 1: O'Neill Creek
Camp 2: Basin above two unnamed lakes and beneath June 10 peak en route to Muncaster Basin
Camp 3: Muncaster Basin area
Camp 4: First flat spot we could find along Fire Creek (turned out to be the only good spot to camp)

Would recommend at least one more night for this trip. For the effort involved - at least two nights in the Muncaster Basin area is warranted. Also - would recommend staying at Pyrites Creek Camp on night 1, if possible so you can get an early start on the ascent up Pyrites Creek.
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June 10th Peak as seen from an unnamed alpine lake to the southwest (2020-08-27). Photo by Maureen Seeley.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Sunny, warm, calm



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