Ascent of Golden Horn on 2017-10-15
|Date:||Sunday, October 15, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8366 ft / 2549 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDay trip to Golden Horn from PCT trailhead at Rainy Pass. We'd originally intended to try to bag both Golden Horn and Tower in 1 day, but as recent weather patterns would have it, Tower will have to wait. The trail is already snow covered for the majority of the 12 miles approach. Not enough to need snowshoes or microspikes but enough to need gaiters and boots. I only saw one blowdown along the PCT. The route towards Golden Horn is straight forward, follow a rising northeastern traverse on mostly loose rock/scree until you reach the summit block. The one time waster for our group was the final summit block. I went straight up for the first gully in the West side of the summit block, but this is not correct way to go about it if you're scrambling, the correct gully is the second gully on the West side of the peak. The last 20 feet or so of the Horn are ice covered already so although we attempted to get up to the summit...the ice covered rock proved to be too much of a hazard for us...so those darn 20 feet will have to wait...After spending a lot more time route finding than we would have liked on Golden Horn, we looked over to our next target, Tower,however the west ledge/gully system is already covered in ice/snow and since 20 feet of ice covered rock had proven too much excitement for one day we decided to to not attempt Tower and made the long, long trek back to the car at Rainy Pass.
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| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe|
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