Ascent of Echo Lake Northwest Peak on 2020-08-10

Climber: joe anderson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, August 10, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Echo Lake Northwest Peak
    Elevation:8934 ft / 2723 m

Ascent Trip Report

Echo Lake NW Peak *

10 August, 2020

I began my hike up Echo Lake NW Peak from the summit of Granite Peak. If one chooses to follow my route the best route I found was down the East ridge starting at the actual summit of Granite Peak. It is pretty easy to scout and pick a route from the summit. The descent is not too exposed or too steep and keeps with my philosophy of getting high on the mountain and staying as high as possible given reasonable conditions.

I picked my way down from the summit contouring towards the East. I ended up camping near a ridge line about 3/4 of the way between Granite Peak and the saddle where the Tombstone Lake Trail crosses the saddle and drops into Tombstone Lake. I had a very nice night about timberline where I was able to find a sheltered place out of the slight breeze. There were plenty of snowfields along the way and I was able to pack snow into my water bottles for drinking when it melted.

next morning, 10 August I proceeded toward Echo Lake NW Peak.

I bagged an incidental peak on the way and proceeded to said saddle.

From the saddle I climbed to the ridge line then I approximated the route described by Paul with his GPS route except I deviated to bag another minor peak along the way. The summit route was essentially the ridge approach as shown by Paul. After accomplishing my routine on the summit of Echo Lake (GPS marking, photos, selfies and checking my hydration level LOL) I proceeded to assess my descent to the next peak.

From the summit I scouted my cross country bushwhack route to Traverse Lake from whence I would proceed up Traverse Lake East Peak.

Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm

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