Ascent of Many Trails Peak on 2015-09-23

Climber: Milda Tautvydas

Date:Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Many Trails Peak
    Elevation:8241 ft / 2511 m

Ascent Trip Report

On 2015-09-21 started at Billy Goat Corral TH and hiked trail #477 westerly to Eight Mile Pass, then continued westerly on #477 to Drake Creek Trail #459 (faint tread) and went south to the Lost River Gorge and camped in the dry riverbed (camp 1); Day 2 2015-09-22 started in the Lost River Gorge/confluence with Drake Creek and went downstream, searching slopes to the west for a way up and out of the gorge to gain the high ridge of Three Pinnacles above. We ascended the first Y gully to the south of point 5121 and took the right fork of the Y to ridge through short cliffs and steep slopes, then gained the ridge south of point 6638 and traversed southerly, then ascended westerly to the south ridge of Three Pinnacles, then turned northerly and scramble/hiked over Middle Pinnacle and North Pinnacle (did not climb the southernmost Pinnacle, point 8082), and stayed on the ridge crest on high ridge ramble to Pass Butte Pass (traversed on south flank of Lost Peak because we had already climbed it). From Pass Butte Pass we scrambled/down climbed to Johnny Lakes and set up camp near Lake 6825. On day 3 2015-09-23 we climbed Johnny Peak/Trailblazer Peak and returned to Johnny Lakes, packed up our gear and filled our water bags and water bottles (4 liter bag plus 2 1L bottles; and a 6 liter bag and one 1L bottle) and traversed steep slopes towards point 7850 until we found a 4th class "gully" of steep, clean (ish) rock to climb that took us to the ridge that leads to Many Trails (we ascended the first creek north of point 7850, and climbed really nice 3rd/4th class steep rock, with overnight packs and 6 (me) and 7 (Dave) liters of water to the Many Trails Ridge). On the ridge we had to scramble past a couple of gendarmes and teetering rock towers before attaining more 'walkable' terrain to the Many Trails summit. After walking up and over Many Trails, we found a beautiful camp at 7,200' on the ridge N Ridge of Many Trails Peak (no water on this ridge; that is why we carried it!). On Day 4 2015-09-24 we made a steep, complex descent to the Lost River via Many Trail's NE Ridge (the first ridge west of Johnny Creek). This descent is not recommended. It is better to descend the broad, less steep NW ridge that descends towards Hidden Lakes which would also be a feasible ascent route (note: all off trail travel; must carry all water). After reaching the Lost River we forded it, and quickly found trail #477 and hiked the Lost River Trail over Lucky Pass and Eightmile Pass back to Billy Goat corral and drove to sister's house in Winthrop to spend the night.
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