Ascent of Virginia Peak on 2020-10-18
|Others in Party:||Ken Toyama -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
Wei-Peng (Will) Chen
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, October 18, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||12001 ft / 3657 m|
Ascent Trip ReportTraversed from Twin Peaks. Most of route is either at the ridge top or slightly below the ridge, with a few class-3 descents. Some of which have loose rocks so a helmet is advised (Ken and I did not wear one but Will did). Over all an interesting traversal. When the talus became slightly tedious and boring, a class-3 section would show up and keep us excited and focused. The parallel north-south ridge of Matterhorn Peak and Whorl Mountain was a constant great sight to look at. Every now and then the Virginia Peak and the unnamed lake right below it would show up to entice us. We started out at Twin Peaks around 11:30am and reached Twin Peaks Pass (the lowest saddle between Twin Peaks and Virginia Peak) around 1:30pm. The pass was surprisingly broad and flat, after we had experienced the very sharp ridge.
The climb up to Virginia Peak can take either close to the ridge and more technical (class 3), or away from the ridge with just class-2 loose rocks. We opted the former for the ascent, and the latter for descent. I was happy with the choice. Virginia is a beautiful peak to look at from the distance. And the ascent via solid rocks made the over all climbing experience fun and pleasant. It was short and sweet and by 2pm I was at the summit. Descent on loose rocks is not much an issue. The gliding down was fast and in no time we were back at the saddle (Twin Peaks Pass).
From the pass we descent to the lake that was formed by the moraine from the north glacier of Virginia Peak. We continued on the south side of the lake, mostly class 1-2 with a short section of class 3 to climb up (and left) around a short cliff. We had a short break at the lake, took in the view, and continued the descent to the NW fork of Return Creek. We followed the fork down to our campsite, organized our back pack, hiked over Virginia Pass and down to Green Lake and Green Creek campground, where our car was parked.
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