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volda2000SW Ridge (Crystal-Pacific-Atlantic)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007


The first of three peaks for the day. Started from Mayflower Gulch. Combining these three peaks makes for a great tour. Still a fair amount of snow in the area. Besides the wind is was a perfect day!
Posted Jun 11, 2007 2:04 pm

TorstenWAfter Peak 10
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2004


Climbed Peak 10 and saw this peak and the Crystal lakes below. Did the ridge from Peak 10 and decided to descend to the lakes cause it was just getting plain too late to summit and make it back at a decent hour. That means 10pm, not 2-3am the next day. I had gotten to the top of Peak 10 around 4pm, but the beauty of the area was just too captivating to leave right away. Still had to find my way back to town on foot, didn't have a map.
Posted Jun 6, 2007 11:50 pm

doumallWinter Summit: SW Ridge over Mayflower Hill  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2007


Avoiding avalanche was the main thought of the day with a considerable to high danger, 6 inches of new snow falling and heavy SW winds. Very deep unconsolidated snow below treeline, ridge running over Mayflower Hill and climbing above all the avy chutes in route made this a long 10 hour day. At one point below treeline, my buddie sank up to his shoulders straight into the snow. The last 1/2 mile of trailbreaking was possibly the most difficult hiking ever for me, and it was downhill!!!
Posted Feb 21, 2007 12:20 am

chicagotransplantSW Ridge in Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2007


Climbed the SW Ridge route from Mayflower Gulch with shanahan96 and jamienellis. Beautiful day in the mountains, but as usual in January cold and windy on the ridge. Snow conditions were good, there is a nice trench in place now if you want to get this one before the next storms! The ridge was pretty much all talus, no need for snowshoes above the saddle.
Posted Jan 29, 2007 3:42 pm

GahugafugaFrom Father Dyer  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2006


Summited on the East Ridge via Helen and Father Dyer. The scramble took a lot out of me, so getting up this guy was a struggle. After sitting on the summit for a while and contemplating the extra 400 ft of climbing to get Pk 10, decided to go for it. 4 13ers in one pass, not bad.
Posted Sep 20, 2006 7:14 pm

csmcgranahanSolitude on Crystal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006


My friend Jake and I summited via the amazing Spruce Creek basin. Lots of nice lakes and running water. The views of Pacific Peak convinced us to summit it as well. We saw no one until we descended Pacific into Spruce Creek basin and returned to the lower lakes.
Posted Aug 13, 2006 4:58 pm

AsphazellEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006


Great climb along the East Ridge with buddies Altitude14er & Wyatt. Great scrambling, adrenalizing exposure, and some high 4th-low 5th class moves if you're willing to climb them! Highly recommended!
Posted Jul 20, 2006 3:25 pm

altitude14erRoute Climbed: The East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006


The difficulty was Class 4 scrambling on the ridge top in between Father Dyer & Mt. Helen. Got three peaks in a day!
Posted Jul 19, 2006 5:18 am

roozers42Route Climbed: SW Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2006


An absolutely great hike - still some snow below Pacific. Didn't see another soul all day besides some elk.
Posted Jun 25, 2006 5:13 pm

Ryan KowalskiAnother great peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2000

Ryan Kowalski

From Peak 10 once and then on 06/25/2005 my wife and I did the Helen-Father Dyer-Crystal combo which is simply incredible. Great Scrambling.
Posted May 19, 2006 11:16 pm

Brian KaletSpruce Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2006

Brian Kalet

Skied from the summit! Onto Pacific Peak.
Posted May 15, 2006 5:46 pm

mrjdobbsLife trails


Climbed with a group of about 20. I was one of the guides. It was a beautiful area...
Posted May 9, 2006 3:00 pm

shknbkevia Peak 10's east ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006


Climbed Crystal with Peak 10 from the Spruce Creek 2WD TH with still lots of snow on the ridges in late April. Nice glissades on the way down on stable snow.
Posted May 1, 2006 6:57 pm

markhyamsNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2001


Climbed this along with Peaks 10 and 9 from the Crystal Lakes drainage. Excellent high ridge hiking.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 6:36 pm

chicagotransplantRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge via Pacific Date Climbed: August 7, 2004  Sucess!


Great loop with Pacific
Posted Jan 9, 2006 8:44 pm

pksanderRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: October 16, 2005  Sucess!


Sweet climb after climbing Peak 10 with Chris Gerber and Charles D. Awesome day, but decided two peaks were enough...
Posted Oct 17, 2005 9:38 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: East Slopes/Ridge Date Climbed: 16-Oct-2005  Sucess!


Climbed up from Spruce Creek, over Peak 10 and up to Crystal. Nice day out with CharlesD and pksander. Lots of new snow from the storm a week ago, with long sections of postholing. Shouldn't have left the snowshoes (and the sunscreen!) in the car :-)
Posted Oct 17, 2005 10:34 am

HeatherFRoute Climbed: Crystal Lakes Route Date Climbed: September 7, 2004  Sucess!


Nice snowy day.
Posted Jul 25, 2005 6:04 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 4, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed Crystal as part of a long loop including Helen, Father Dyer, Pacific & Atlantic. Loved the scramble from Helen to Father Dyer! We finished with a traverse back east along Pacific's east ridge.
Posted Jul 7, 2005 3:07 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: September 25, 1983  Sucess!


This was a loop trip with the CMC. Starting at the lower Spruce Creek TH, we first followed the nice road and trail past the Mohawk Lakes and waterfall. The climb up the valley continued on tundra until we were due south of the summit. Climbing up the solid rock to the summit was a nice finish. Our descent took us down the northeast ridge to the saddle between Crystal and Peak 10, and then we dropped down to Upper Crystal Lake. From here we followed the 4WD road down the valley and back to our waiting cars.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 7:21 pm

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