2015-06-07 Del Campo Peak

Distance: 10.8 mi.
Elevation Gain: 4800 ft.

We started out at the Gothic Basin trailhead at 8:15 AM. This was the first time I had hiked up the Road to Monte Cristo without a bike.  It is only a 1.25 miles to the trail turnoff though so it isn’t really that helpful for all the trouble of bringing bikes.  The trail then parallels the river a little further until it heads up the Weden Creek Basin, generally heading pretty quickly uphill for a nice trail.

We reached Foggy Lake, which was mostly frozen over, at about 11:30 AM. From here we continued north on the climber’s trail the heads up the SE ridge of Del Campo and reached consistent snow at about 5500 ft (in a low snow year).

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Gothic Basin
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Climber’s trail toward Del Campo Peak

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After crossing a boulder field we followed a snow finger up toward the peak. As the snow petered out, we had to choose a scramble route up the rock wall beneath the summit. We scrambled directly up to a small notch in the ridge SE of the summit.  From there we had to briefly scramble some 4th class to get into easier terrain.  We had just missed the class 3 scramble ledges that ascend just climbers left of this notch. We made it to the notch below Del Campo peak around 1 PM. From here we had a pretty easy hike/scramble on loose dirt and crumbly rock. There was a boot path, although it branched off in places. We reached the summit 15 minutes later.

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The notch we ascended to is hidden here, but just around to the right of a buttress
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The better ascent route is up the ledges on the left of this photo (class 3). We went all the way up the gully.
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Summit of Del Campo Peak

We found the 3rd class ledge scramble for our way down (the boot path helped us find it), so we ended up descending a bit further to skier’s right (west). There were a few areas for brief glissading on the snow patch below the summit. We reached Foggy Lake again at 3 PM and then retraced our steps back out.

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Downclimbing the 3rd class ledges
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Foggy Lake

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Recommended brew: Scuttlebutt Brewing Hoptopia IPA

Gear Used:

  • Glacier glasses
  • GPS
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Steel crampons (not used)
  • Steel ice axe
  • Trekking poles

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