Ascent of Amphitheater Mountain on 2017-07-02

Climber: Joanne Najdzin

Others in Party:Carry
Date:Sunday, July 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Amphitheater Mountain
    Elevation:8358 ft / 2547 m

Ascent Trip Report

Amphitheater was part of a four-day Mountaineers scramble, which Carry organized and led.

Day 1 (July 1): We started hiking from the Chewuch/Cathedral Driveway Trailhead at about noon. After roughly 12 miles of hiking, we stopped to camp near Tungsten above the junction between trails 533 and 534 at 6800 ft. We explored the old mining artifacts and cabins and enjoyed the view of Apex Mountain.

Day 2 (July 2): We hiked up to Cathedral Pass and scrambled Cathedral Peak. There is an interesting notch below below Cathedral's summit. Our beta came from the book _Summit Routes: Washington's 100 Highest Peaks_, which described the notch only vaguely. There are some better images of the notch on Summitpost. According to one contributor, you need to jump across near a chockstone and peform a mantle with momentum. (

After Cathedral Peak, we set up camp near Cathedral Lake and went off to summit Amphitheater. We hiked around to Amphitheater's SW aspect and walked up to the highest point. Afterwards, we returned to camp at Cathedral Lake. A number of friendly, attractive people were also camping near the lake. We met a few groups of Canadian rock climbers who were there to sample the routes on Amphitheater.

Day 3 (July 3): We decided to make a loop on our return trip, so we broke camp and hiked west from Cathedral Lake to the trail junction at 7300 ft. Here we headed South on the Lesamiz Trail # 565 and then turned East on Chewuch Trail 510. The hike was roughly 12 miles. Our goal was the junction between trails 534 and 510. We spent our last night at the horse camp on the west bank of Tungsten Creek. Again, a number of friendly and attractive people were camping nearby.

Day 4 (July 5): We broke camp and hiked 5 or 6 miles back to the trailhead. We ate lunch at the Mazama grocery store and enjoyed the company of even more friendly, attractive people.

Over four days, I recorded 41 miles and 7776 ft of elevation gain.

Here are my photos from the trip: flickr album
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:clear, sunny, warm
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Joanne Najdzin
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