Ascent to Neversummer Peak-BlackBear Lake on 2020-07-01

Climber: Quinn Sawyer

Date:Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Neversummer Peak - BlackBear Lake
    Elevation:1700 ft / 518 m
    Remaining Elevation:2296 ft / 699 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Attempted a route up Neversummer, also could have used a similar route to gain alpine access to Karta Peak to the northeast or Pin Peak to the South East. Ridgeline to the east of Black Bear lake might be hikable. We initially followed a gated off logging road to the SW and turned up at the end of the road looking at some very formidable peaks and densely brushed ridgelines. There was an impressive coulier filled with snow that may have been an ice climbers playground but was not for me. Backtracking and trying a route near the pipeline that intel had suggested existed we finally managed to find it. The route up this valley to the lake follows almost directly along the water pipeline coming down to the hydro plant. There is an extensive system of ropes that is very easy to follow, once you find it. It took us an hour or so of bushwacking around to find the ropes, but on the way down it was much easier to follow the old overgrown path to the gravel road. After spending most of the day finding the trail up to black bear lake we had to turn around and leave the summits for another day. I was hoping to see a lower water level around the lake that would have made hiking around the lake shore doable; however, in July the water level was still high and left no shoreline to traverse. The entire area is densely vegetated and steep slopes abound. I would also like to explore an approach from the south (I've heard this is a friendlier route however the logging road leading up to the base is travel by ATV only due to poor road conditions). The lake itself is a beautiful destination and had large trout swimming around.
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