Ascent of Hoodoo Peak on 2022-06-19

Climber: Reed Russell

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 19, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hoodoo Peak
    Elevation:8464 ft / 2579 m

Ascent Trip Report

Date: 19 JUN 2022
via Libby Lake Trailhead

Start Time: 1330
Reach Camp (Old Cabin): 1830
Depart Camp for Summit: 1915
Summit: 2108
Back at Camp: 2240
Depart Camp next day: 0930
Back at TH: 1252

Total Time: 11:51:47
Moving Time: 08:27:15
Stopped Time: 03:24:31
Total Distance: 11.6 m
Total Elevation Gain: 4,081’

This was done as an overnight trip, with the intent of hitting both Hoodoo and Raven Ridge, but due to some issues with leaving town and an early required return time the following day, we kept it as just Hoodoo. No issues reaching the trailhead, nice drive.

Great trail with some really nice wildflower action going on right now. Encountered a couple parties prior to the blow down section of the trail who had mentioned it was really bad, but I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have much issue with it (this is probably only because I had just recently endured the W Fork Buttermilk Trail during an Oval Peak ascent). It started around 5400' and lasted about 0.75 m, and was mainly just some log hopping.

Where the trail finally breaks out into the sloping burn area and you catch your first really good views of RR/Hoodoo signals the end to the worst of the blow downs.

Consolidated snow started around 6200' and was pretty consistent by 6500'. We put on snowshoes just after crossing the North Fork of Libby Creek, but had them off and on once or twice more before leaving them on. I counted two additional creek crossings along the way to the cabin, but the first was definitely the largest. Late in the day this consistency of the snow was gross, slowing us down quite significantly.

I was hoping to find a dry area near the cabin to set the tent down, and fortunately the only spot in the immediate area where I could set half the tent down on dry ground was right in front of the cabin. We threw our bags inside along with a change of clothes, decided to keep runners on with our snowshoes, as we were told there was a really good boot pack up to the summit ridge.

The scramble along the ridge was really fun, and I managed to stay on rock basically the entirety of the route. I summited just as the sun went down over Oval Peak, and thin clouds began to roll in at about the 8k' level. The descent was great, had a nice top crust to plunge into, and it was interesting to be coming down in the dark! My first Bulger sunset.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4081 ft / 1243 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4081 ft / 1243 m
    Distance:11.6 mi / 18.7 km
    Route:Libby Creek Trail/SW Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Libby Lake TH  4383 ft / 1335 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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