Ascent of Chutla Peak on 2016-05-30

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Others in Party:Jeff Edwards
Date:Monday, May 30, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chutla Peak
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

Scramble of Eagle and Chutla Peaks via the Eagle Peak (actually Eagle Saddle) trail:

We started hiking up the Eagle Peak trail from Longmire just after 9am. It looks as though the Park Service has put a lot of work into clearing this trail recently: most of the large winter storm debris has been cut and pushed off to the side. There are still a few blowdowns blocking the trail, but all pretty easy to get over, under, or around. Snow level is at about 5,000 ft and the trail is covered at times, but it wasn't too steep or difficult to hike on (trekking poles were nice to have, though). The steepest sections of the trail were bare. We only saw two other hikers (on their way down) all the way up to the end of the trail at the saddle.

From the Eagle Peak Saddle, we made a left and scrambled up, down, around, and through brush, rock and other obstacles to get to Eagle Peak itself. The rock was bare and (mostly) dry, but there were some slick, muddy spots in the trees and one big chunk of snow to maneuver around. Views from the top were outstanding, and we saw a few other parties arrive at the saddle below us.

From Eagle Peak we scrambled back down to the saddle and then traversed the ridge over to Chutla Peak. There wasn't much of a route to follow, but staying on the ridge it wasn't too difficult to find a way across and up to the peak. There was a lot more snow and brush but less rock to deal with on Chutla compared to Eagle. I did break out my ice axe and microspikes for one portion of the ascent to the peak, but my hiking partner stuck with trekking poles and was fine. Once again the view from the summit was amazing!

After scrambling back down to the saddle from Chutla, we took one last long break to enjoy the weather and scenery before the long walk back down to the car. We returned at about 7pm, making the total trip about 8 miles and 3600 ft elevation in 10 hours (including long breaks at each summit and the saddle). What a great day!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
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