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Ascent of Twin Peaks on 2013-08-31

Climber: Austin D. Smith

Others in Party:Mark Smith <3642>
Doug McGinnis
Date:Saturday, August 31, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twin Peaks
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:9673 ft / 2948 m

Ascent Trip Report

Twin Peaks is one of the harder peaks to summit in the Wallowa Range. We got up at 4 in the morning from Wallowa Lake and drove to the Hurricane Creek Trailhead. You must turn right at the first junction. we hiked up to the mine and then to Lagore Lake. It is not a give away climb as it is steep, unmaintained, and you come to a massive rock field of which you must pick your way a few hundred feet up on huge boulders. Once to the ridge line you must skirt your way up along it and then after 4 miles or so you come to the massive rock pillar type thing. there will be 2 and you want the taller one. This one is Twin Peaks(The other one called Hurricane I believe fell over in a massive wind storm.) Now this rock pillar has one picture of someone standing on top...and this is the only one. You may think wth?? That looks fairly simple. Well once you get up to the top you will understand. Its basically a big pile of crap made up of loose rock and mud. You must be EXTREMELY careful to A. not peel your self loose and B. Knock rocks down on others. When we got up to the top we strung a sling under a loose horn..one of the most ghetto anchors imaginable. There is no need to waste time hauling lots of gear for the fact there is almost no place to put it. You must do 20 feet or so of 5th class scrambling to a small ledge system where there is opportunity to put a small bit of pro or something in to protect yourself on the last 10 feet. we took a rope but really could have down without. I would probably say if your experienced you probably don't need one but not saying you shouldn't cause the rock is super crumbly and loose and unpredictable. Again...the rock Is extremely loose so be very careful!! We headed back down and got back to the lake late in the day. This can be down as a reasonable day hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4733 ft / 1442 m
    Extra Gain:70 ft / 21 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Hurricane Creek - Lagore Lake
    Trailhead:Hurricane Creek TRHD  5080 ft / 1548 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear



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