Ascent of Cathedral Peak on 2018-06-25

Climber: Jake Robinson

Date:Monday, June 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cathedral Peak
    Elevation:8601 ft / 2621 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trace and I arrived at the Andrews Creek Trailhead at 2:30 AM Monday morning after crossing Washington Pass in a spectacular thunderstorm. A few hours of mediocre sleep in the front seats of the car and we were on our way at 7:30. The first 10 miles of the Andrews Creek Trail is quite brushy, the previous night's rain gave us a thorough soaking.

Even though our forecast was for 'some clouds' and a 0% chance of precipitation, it intermittently rained/snowed/graupel'd on us for most of the hike in. After 13 miles or so we reached the recent Diamond Creek Fire burn. The devastation is immense and strangely beautiful. The sound of the wind whistling through the dead snags was eerie. For now, travel through the burn is quite easy.

We accidentally took a right at the Chewuch Trail/Boundary Trail intersection. After correcting our mistake we arrived at Upper Cathedral Lake and set camp during a break in the snow squalls.

From camp we hiked towards Cathedral Pass, veering left just before the pass and heading directly uphill towards the prominent notch. About 50 feet below the notch, we turned right and started making our way towards the summit. There are a couple scramble steps (cairns where the routefinding is tricky) leading to the first chasm crossing. This crossing was snow-filled and trivial for us. The second crossing was a bit more committing but also very easy, and soon we were on the summit. We hung out for a bit until it started snowing again then made our way down to camp. Even though our forecast for Monday night said "clear," it was socked in all night and intermittently snowed.
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