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Ascent of Twin Peaks on 2016-08-08

Climber: jeff carr

Others in Party:Emanuela Schmidt
Date:Monday, August 8, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Twin Peaks
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:9673 ft / 2948 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left Hurricane Creek Trailhead and proceeded up the Falls Creek Trail to Legore Lake. At 6250 feet the trail has a fork. This fork is unmentioned in Barstads Wallowa hiking guidebook. Go left. The trail right goes to Dug Butte (called Legore Point on this site).
The trail is pretty straight forward until you reach a plateau and large white granite boulder field. You pretty much have to find you own way through as no obvious trail exists. It is not too bad. After that you arrive at the basin below Sawtooth Peak. Go south up a small rise and then look to the east for a faint trail that will lead up a ridge that will take you to Legore Lake. Once at the top of the ridge, at 9100 feet you need to go down the other side to the lake and then to the other side to hit the obvious ridge up. DO NOT go south from the 9100 foot top, go all the way down to the lake. The ridge leading directly south gets nastier the further you get and leads nowhere. There are a lot of footprints and a trail, but it is a mistake and eventually everyone has to go down to the lake.
When you are on the ridge leading from the lake to the summit area, it is pretty easy to find your way. After getting to the sop of that ridge it joins the true summit ridge. Here it is wide and flat, but soon becomes very narrow and (shall we say) sketchy. To the south is the abyss, and to the north is a steep drop above cliffs. Don't get me wrong, you CAN just walk across this, it is just something that turns your heart rate up considerably.
You will eventually arrive at the small ledge below the summit block. This is not a place that feels comfortable, but it is good enough to get the job done. We brought a rope and some climbing protection that was ineffective. The only "climbing pro" that I feel is worthwhile on that is rock is SLCD's. Something dynamic, as nearly every rock can shift up there so it needs to be dynamic protection.
Climbing the rock is very easy as there is a rock ramp that leads up, but it is exposed. We went up individually. Neither of us spent any time on the summit, we reached over and touched the top spot and then beat cheeks back from the edge. After the summit block the trip back across the narrow ridge seems like childs play. :) It is a worthwhile climb, but it is intense in the last 100 feet. Have fun!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4648 ft / 1416 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4648 ft / 1416 m
    Start Trailhead:5025 ft / 1531 m
Descent Statistics



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