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Ascent of Hurricane Divide North on 2018-07-14

Climber: jeff carr

Others in Party:Emanuela Schmidt
Date:Saturday, July 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hurricane Divide North
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:9600 ft / 2926 m

Ascent Trip Report

We did this in a one day push. 25 miles exactly, and about 6300 vertical feet.
We left the Frances Lake trailhead and went up to Frances Lake. From there we followed the trail south on the west side of the lake until the trail ran out. Then we proceeded to the very south end of the valley and up into the snowfield/boulderfields until we hit the granite wall at the end. From there we turned left (east) and picked our way up to the dark brown scree basin. At 7200 the steep scree slops rises sharply. We aimed for the lowest spot and tried to avoid the bits of exposed rock. This scree is all moderately unstable and is hard going. About 10% of your steps leave you lower than you started and all others yield less than 50% of your actual work, but you only have 500 feet of it and the descent through this is fast. One you get to this ridge, you can see down into the Hurricane Valley. It is a nice view. The summit you see is not the summit. There are a couple of false ones, but it is not to far to get to the real one. The summit ridge begins with rocky sections, then changes to packed gravel that is like walking on a road (very nice going). that will lead you to the "green summit". It has a greenish tint (maybe the plants were blooming when we were there). From the green summit you can see some orange-ish gendarmes. Some you can walk right over, some you will have to pass on the west side, as the east side is, how shall we put this, terrifying (lol). The final summit walk is back to some packed scree. It is about 10 feet east to west and about 40 feet north to south.
There is no summit register.
Looking north you can see the peak between this one and Twin Peaks, but an easy route from this summit may not be in the cards. We did not bail over the edge to find out as we still had the long hike back to the trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble



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