Ascent of Del Campo Peak on 2017-08-12

Climber: Connor McEntee

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 12, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Del Campo Peak
    Elevation:6610 ft / 2014 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started early in the morning and was fortunate to find a parking spot close to the gate at Barlow Pass. However, it quickly turned into one of those days where I debated turning around. The forecast was only partially cloudy, but it was drizzling off and on within a mile from the gate. I wasn't thrilled with the prospect of having to scramble over wet rocks and hike for miles through the rain. I resolved that if it started to rain properly while I was still low, I would turn around and come back another day. Despite repeated threats, it never really rained on me except for a few minute when I was descending from the summit.

The maintained trail is nice and ascends aggressively through the trees. Eventually, I reached a sign indicating a transition from federal to state lands. After this point, it would appear that the trail is not maintained, but is a use trail that sees substantial amounts of traffic. It's quite a bit rougher and footing is uneven. The bigger chore is dealing passing the hordes of people going up to Foggy Lake. It's nowhere near the traffic of Mt. Si, but this is by far the most heavily trafficked trail I have been in the North Cascades to date.

Foggy lake is pretty, and there were dozens of campers. I quickly followed use trails around the lake to an arm of Del Campo. It was a quick ascent from the lake. The only route finding snafu was that I ascended the wrong side of the "permanent" snowfield. It was way too firm for me to traverse without crampons, so I had to climb to the top of it and traverse in the moat. At this time of year no need for an ice ax or crampons. I did decide to use mine on the descent to glissade the rather firm snowfield down to its base in the talus field.

The route was well cairned from the snowfield. Simply veer climbers left up rocks next to the gully and scramble to the summit. This is another summit that must have spectacular views on a clear day. Instead, I was treated to stormy skies and the smell of burning wood from a nearby forest fire.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4966 ft / 1512 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4966 ft / 1512 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.9 mi / 19.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4639 ft / 1413 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4312 ft / 1314 m; Extra: 327 ft / 99m
    Loss on way in:327 ft / 99 m
    Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route:South Face
    Start Trailhead:Barlow Pass  2298 ft / 700 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4639 ft / 1413 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4312 ft / 1314 m; Extra: 327 ft / 99m
    Gain on way out:327 ft / 99 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:South Face
    End Trailhead:Barlow Pass  2298 ft / 700 m
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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