Ascent of Del Campo Peak on 2017-08-12
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, August 12, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Del Campo Peak|
| Elevation:||6610 ft / 2014 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI started early in the morning and was fortunate to find a parking spot close to the gate at Barlow Pass. However, it quickly turned into one of those days where I debated turning around. The forecast was only partially cloudy, but it was drizzling off and on within a mile from the gate. I wasn't thrilled with the prospect of having to scramble over wet rocks and hike for miles through the rain. I resolved that if it started to rain properly while I was still low, I would turn around and come back another day. Despite repeated threats, it never really rained on me except for a few minute when I was descending from the summit.
The maintained trail is nice and ascends aggressively through the trees. Eventually, I reached a sign indicating a transition from federal to state lands. After this point, it would appear that the trail is not maintained, but is a use trail that sees substantial amounts of traffic. It's quite a bit rougher and footing is uneven. The bigger chore is dealing passing the hordes of people going up to Foggy Lake. It's nowhere near the traffic of Mt. Si, but this is by far the most heavily trafficked trail I have been in the North Cascades to date.
Foggy lake is pretty, and there were dozens of campers. I quickly followed use trails around the lake to an arm of Del Campo. It was a quick ascent from the lake. The only route finding snafu was that I ascended the wrong side of the "permanent" snowfield. It was way too firm for me to traverse without crampons, so I had to climb to the top of it and traverse in the moat. At this time of year no need for an ice ax or crampons. I did decide to use mine on the descent to glissade the rather firm snowfield down to its base in the talus field.
The route was well cairned from the snowfield. Simply veer climbers left up rocks next to the gully and scramble to the summit. This is another summit that must have spectacular views on a clear day. Instead, I was treated to stormy skies and the smell of burning wood from a nearby forest fire.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4966 ft / 1512 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||4966 ft / 1512 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||11.9 mi / 19.2 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||4639 ft / 1413 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 4312 ft / 1314 m; Extra: 327 ft / 99m|
| Loss on way in:||327 ft / 99 m|
| Distance:||5.9 mi / 9.5 km|
| Route:||South Face|
| Start Trailhead:||Barlow Pass 2298 ft / 700 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||4639 ft / 1413 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 4312 ft / 1314 m; Extra: 327 ft / 99m|
| Gain on way out:||327 ft / 99 m|
| Distance:||6 mi / 9.7 km|
| Route:||South Face|
| End Trailhead:||Barlow Pass 2298 ft / 700 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 20 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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