Turquoise Lake Peak Traverse Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2015
On Saturday Sept 26th, I included Daughter of the sun of a traverse of all 5 peaks directly surrounding Turquoise Lake. I hiked in Friday the night before and set up base camp at Lace Lake. The next morning I was on the trail by 7:30 am, and went up the ramp to the West ridge of the mountain. I encountered low class 5 on the way up and down, but didn't take enough time to scout out easier options as I know there were. I summited within 2.5 hours, and continued down the ridge to Peak 8644, before hitting Mount Shoemaker, Panoramic Peak and then Point Saint Charles. It took less than 12 hours from camp to camp, and I got into some big down climbs that I would've liked to avoid, but the views were absolutely spectacular all around. Will definitely have to be done again!
I came in from the east and it was a lot of fun with only a small amount of bushwacking and not that much vertical. Had a close call with lightning when I was up there! The rocks were crackling and my hair was trying to stand on end! The dogs had fun, too, although they could not make it to the very top.
With Fred. Weather was stellar. The camp site at Lagoon Lake was one of the prettiest I have had. However, besides the grand views and the cool name, this peak has little to recommend it climbing wise. Still glad I did it, however.