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nlahueImpromptu  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2013

nlahue

Impromptu during labor day weekend while I was camped at thorpe creek to do Sacajawea. Got some advice from some other climbers. The first part involved a lot of bushwacking to get above tree line and then a lot of talus (my fault cutting to the west sooner would have avoided some of this). On the way up to the saddle was treated to a close encounter with a moutain goat. Once at the saddle the ridge to chief joseph is great and really fun. Got some rain on the top and not another soul in sight!
Posted Sep 7, 2013 4:18 pm

Brian JenkinsLong Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2013

Brian Jenkins

Another end of the summer hike with Jim. Left Portland after work, found all the campsites from Minam to Hurricane Creek full (Labor Day Weekend, what was I thinking?) so car camped at Hurricane Creek TH. Got up early and drove to the marina and started up at 6:41 am. The trail doesn't waste any time and we did the first 1000 feet of elevation in 37 minutes. Went a little high leaving the trail but whacked our way over to the base of the chute (easy to pick out) and found a climbers trail up. Spent lots of time weaving back and forth trying to find solid ground in the chute, spent a lot of time in the forest to the left. Topped out on the ridge and took a break. Great views from there. Stayed close to the ridge on the way to the summit. Took us about 5.5 hours, not sure how some of the others say it was only 4 hours but we did take a few breaks. From the summit, I went on to do Hurwal. Met up with Jim on the way back and we picked our way back down to the chute. Found the descent in the chute glorious. What took an hour and 1200 feet going up in the morning was 10-15 minutes down in one long scree ski. At the bottom of the chute we passed a doe and her fawn within feet as they watched. Got down before dark to the thump-thump of rap music from some festival below. An amazing onion ring bacon cheeseburger in Joseph!
Posted Sep 1, 2013 9:48 pm

Infected MushroomSpring break  Sucess!

Infected Mushroom

Why did we leave the snowshoes behind?! A well deserved summit, followed mountain lion tracks on the summit ridge.
Posted Sep 18, 2011 9:52 pm

calebEOCUp from the Marina  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2011

calebEOC

The trail from the marina climbs quite aggressively, especially the chute that gains the upper ridge. Tried moving into the forest to the left of the chute to stay out of the scree, this helped at times but was mostly a poor idea as there is lots of underbrush to contend with. Nice views from summit, especially Sacajawea, Hurwal, and the Aneroid ridgeline.
Posted Sep 18, 2011 7:22 pm

nickkarlThorp Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

nickkarl

Climbed from the Hurwal Divide from Thorp Creek. Great ridge walk thanks to the goat trail. Would recommend this route highly!
Posted Aug 4, 2008 4:10 pm

Dennis PoulinMarina Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2007

Dennis Poulin

Great hike from the Marina. Did the First Chute hike. Is there a Second Chute?
Posted Jul 15, 2007 9:56 pm

Mr. ClamClimbed in winter conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2007

Mr. Clam

Windy as hell but alot of fun. Climbed via northwest ridge from Hurricane Creek. Trip report here: http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/282357/Winter-Mountaineering-in-the-Wallowas.html
Posted Apr 2, 2007 11:24 pm

Mr. ClamChief Joseph ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2005

Mr. Clam

A friend and i decided to make a 3 day trip out the mountain by following the ridge from end to end. We crossed Hurricane Creek by log and headed strait up to the ridge. We camped on the ridge about an hour before the summit. We hit the summit then came down a scree chute on the ridge connecting Mount Joseph with the Hurwal Divide, camped and followed a treacherous creek bed back to wallowa lake (bad idea, involved some free climbing). (see trip report)
Posted Mar 1, 2006 4:33 am

JoshRoute Climbed: followed the ridge from end to end Date Climbed: September 3rd 2005  Sucess!

Josh

I crossed hurricane creek by log and started up with no trails, connected with the ridge and followed it to the highest peak, then i followed the ridge connecting cheif joseph mountain and Hurwal Divide and slid down a chute about halfway. i then followed a treacherous creek bed most the way to wallowa lake.

Posted Sep 6, 2005 8:42 pm

mrhRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 18, 1998  Sucess!

mrh

Followed the trail to the second swithback, which gets one nearest the easternmost chute. Took that to the ridge line and basically followed it to the top. Actually its much better to travel in the trees along side the chute so one can have some solid footing. I did get off onto the south slope a couple times and found tough going in the juniper and boulders. My route is basically outlined in Barstad's book. Heck of a mountain.
Posted Sep 28, 2004 8:16 pm

woodyoforegonRoute Climbed: Hurrican Creek Trail to ridge to the south of Dunn Creek to intermediate summit between Chief Joesph and the Hurwal Divide to summit of Chief Joesph Date Climbed: 10/9/99  Sucess!
Climbed with my wife. Our 3rd peak in the Wallowas. Beautiful views.
Posted Sep 22, 2004 2:53 pm

cjwhatRoute Climbed: First chute Date Climbed: July 11, 2003  Sucess!

cjwhat

Route isn't as straightforward as I expected. Being by myself didn't contribute anything to good route-finding decisions, either. But hey; the off-route climbing got me up to where I could take a good picture of the chute I was supposed to be in. (I'll add the route and picture soon).
Posted Aug 1, 2003 11:46 am

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