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derekpercking of the castle at last  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2014


I was checking out the maps and wondering about climbing over the ridge from Washington Lake. I discovered this was informally know as the 'splattski cutoff.' After biking to Washington Lake I gladly took the shortcut over the low point in the saddle. If you're coming to climb Castle, the shortcut over the ridge should be no big deal. It may not be your style, but I just want to mention my experience going that route for those considering it.

On the way up the gully I preferred the stable sides to the loose middle.
Posted Jan 22, 2015 9:24 pm

MaverickMerkCastle Peak - via Chamberlain Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2013


Nasty mountain, built out of talus...have to be careful and slow in a group. Tons of fun and incredible 360˚ view from the top. Hiked in from 4th of July Trailhead the day before, about 8 miles and 1,500ft total elevation gain to Lake 9147. From the lake 4 hrs up and 2 down going quite slow. The true summit is neither of the two to the east as it appears on the topo map (nor as indicated on Google Earth for that matter), but rather the less distinct summit furthest to the west... that being said I haven't the foggiest if we followed the "correct" gully up the mountain. We took the one furthest to the east that runs all the way to the top, and ended up doing a rather exposed ridge traverse to the true summit. Chamberlain Basin is truly as beautiful as everyone says, spend as much time exploring as possible, it is worth seeing.
Posted Jul 13, 2013 12:42 am

mansfieoReal Fun  Sucess!


good stuff
Posted Dec 19, 2010 4:54 am

jamesmc2Sprint to the Top!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2010


Did the Chamberlain Basin approach. I have been training for a ridge traverse so I thought I would time myself to the summit. Made it to the summit in 1hr 12min (carrying only a small water bottle & windbreaker). Lots of loose and unstable rock. Mostly third class until near the top where it gets a little more adventurous. Incredible views!
Posted Aug 26, 2010 12:23 am

Super DaveFinally!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2010

Super Dave

Awesome climb of this White Cloud giant! Hiked in to Washington Lake the night before. Got a half-inch of snow during the night that made for some slick conditions crossing the ridge to Chamberlain Basin. Able to snow climb almost 2000’ up the south gully in just enough shade to keep the snow firm. Summit views were exceptional, then a fun 1500’ glissade followed by some great scenery during the hike out. Classic! Here's a trip report with photos.
Posted Jul 5, 2010 11:52 am

SchlekewayChamberlain Basin  Sucess!


One day in and out. Great trip/views.
Posted Jan 1, 2010 7:19 pm

patascent4th of July/Washington Lake shortcut to the South Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009


Nice short cut across the crest above Washington Lake although we opted to hike back to the Lake and take the trail back to Washington Lake on the way back to the car. Super fun peak to scrable once you get above the skree. Did this as a fun day trip with my friend Julie. Using a topo, we took another short cut on the way out. We hiked the trail above the lakes then contoured right at the first switchback and made our way down a gully to get back to the trail above Washington Lake. We saved many miles of walking and it took us about 10.5 hours from car to car. Super fun day trip!
Posted Sep 12, 2009 10:28 am

sassyplattChamberlain Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007


Fun boulder-hopping at the top. Watch out when someone suggests a shortcut from 4th of July lake...when their name is splattski.
Posted Jan 24, 2009 7:07 pm

Idaho GuyFrom Chamberlain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2005
Loop trip through Boulder Chain Lakes from 4th of July and back over into Ant's Basin over three days. Did Castle Peak on morning of second day. Ran out of the White Clouds by a raging blizzard on the third day - very difficult climbing out of Four Lakes Basin in 6" of snow on the last day.
Posted Sep 12, 2007 2:24 pm

splattskiChamberlain Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2007


Went in from 4th of July. Took the Washington Lake shortcut. Spent some time wandering around Chamberlain Basin- not to be missed!
On Castle, had to climb around some snow in the gully, but not too bad. Weather was perfect- cool but not cold, breezy to keep the bugs at bay, and not a single cloud visible from the summit.
Posted Jun 25, 2007 7:50 am

Trevin ZieglerBig Gully from Castle Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006

Trevin Ziegler

An absolutely amazing climb. Worth the backpack trip, and some! Mostly class 3/4 in the final ascent with some class 5 moves. Very dangerous in some areas, so be careful! Enjoyed every moment, although the "MASSIVE" rock slide was a little frightening...thanks a lot Raker :-)
Posted Sep 14, 2006 8:46 am

awilsondcRoute Climbed: Big Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006


Awesome scramble up from Castle Lake. Solid fun class 3/4 rock to climb on the way up which gave me no problems. Triggered a massive rock slide on the descent. Luckily we were alone on the route and there was nobody below. Steepness is the major danger factor here, but the route is "safe" if you are careful. WOW is the only way to describe the view. You can see everything! Note: Big Gully beta thread
Posted Sep 6, 2006 4:07 am

asmrzFrom Chamberlain Basin in August 1974
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 1974


What a wonderful trip from San Francisco to Sawtooths and White Clouds in August 1974 and again in 1976. My ex wife Evelyn and I backpacked both Sawtooths and White Clouds and hiked/scrambled several summits along the way. We loved the Clouds.
Posted May 17, 2006 2:56 pm

Scrambling ManGrandest of the White Clouds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2000

Scrambling Man

Eight of us made it to the top. Hiked in from Fourth of July TH and camped on the ridge coming into Chamberlain Basin the night before. Made it to the top in good time for such a big group (I'd advise not going with such a big group due to the looseness of the rocks in the gullies) and then hiked back to the TH that day. It was nice to finally climb the one peak that dominates the sky in the SNRA.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 5:59 am

sprossedaRoute Climbed: 4th July to Chamberlain basin gully Date Climbed: July 5, 2004  Sucess!


XC over Pk 10,707, down into chamberlain basin and contoured around to S face. Went up standard gully on left side of S face. Had steep snow in top 500 feet of gully so opted for class 3/4 climbing on steep rocks of right side of gully. Summit is awesome commanding view of Pioneers, Boulders, Smokys, Sawtooths, Salmon Rivers, and Lost Rivers. Many lakes to see. Beautiful day, 100 mile visibility and I had the entire upper mountain to myself. Went out by standard trails to 4th of July TH. Did Hyndman yesterday so I was bushed (over 10,000 vert. ft. in 2 days)! Castle proved to be tougher than expected.
Posted Jan 26, 2006 4:46 pm

SawtoothSeanRoute Climbed: South Gulley- Chamberlain Basin Date Climbed: August 11, 2004  Sucess!


Decided to trail run the trail portion which was 12-14 miles total plus the actual scramble. It was steep and the top had a good firm boulder hopping section.
Posted Dec 30, 2005 11:43 pm

punk_rocker333Route Climbed: Big Gully Route Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!


Unlike the Chamberlain Basin Route, this is a scramble from the lake up. This is an easy route to get off of, and can be dangerous with lots of exposure if you do. Summited but with a lot of problems on the way (dislocated shoulder, class 4-5 stuff, etc...). It is still a truly great area with beautiful scenery. My hardest earned summit.
Posted May 1, 2005 8:40 pm

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