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Bob BurdFrom the north  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2014

Bob Burd

Hiking to Lightning, Disaster and The Iceberg out of the Disaster Creek TH, relatively easy day. Trip Report.
Posted Sep 1, 2014 9:40 pm

trexkerryDisaster and Arnot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014
From Disaster Creek TH, stayed on trail for the most part until the last slog up to the east ridge, sandy slopes made for some tough climbing. Then followed the ridgeline around over to Arnot, enjoyed the rocky traverse over the last quarter mile to Arnot. Really enjoyable day. Trip report is HERE
Posted Jun 29, 2014 2:35 am

mengboDay Hike from Disaster Creek TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2012


This is peak is NOT hard. But after day-hike of Black Hawk Mtn in the morning (11 hours), it was hard for me then. Carefully route-finding will save you time. I followed a dry creek at beginning, then the obvious trail. Try to get up to the ridge, otherwise you will end up lots of bushwhacking.
Posted Jul 8, 2012 12:09 pm

MarmadukeNice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2011


A morning hike prior to doing Stanislaus Peak later in the day. Trail was hard to find at one point as the page mentioned but it ended up being a better route. Circled around and came up the north slope of the peak.
Posted Sep 19, 2011 4:09 pm

mrchad9Disaster Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2011


Easy but scenic hike up via Disaster Creek, after being turned back a couple years ago by snow blocking the road. Actually overshot the west ridge as I did not notice the trail cutting up the mountain and took the next one immediately north for about a mile, so from there up the northwest slope. Headed over to do Stanislaus Peak in the afternoon.
Posted Sep 19, 2011 11:50 am

soslawWest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011


Courted Disaster but she came around. Found what I thought was the climber's trail but it petered out so a fair amount of up hill cross country ensued. The three rolls of barbed wire mentioned by Bob Burd in 2002 and others are still there seemingly no worse for the wear despite that passage of nine years.
Posted Aug 14, 2011 1:23 am

fedakDisaster Creek/West Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2010


Nice sunny late season day

I missed the turn for both the climbers trail and the formal trail and ended up heading cross country from the Paradise Valley trail. (Which turned out to be a reasonable route)

Substantial snow on the higher peaks off towards Sonora Pass, but it was only a few inches on the north facing slopes in the Disaster vicinity.

Cold enough to freeze up the cow shit at least :)

Pics/commentary are here.
Posted Nov 1, 2010 1:39 am

bryangastLong Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2009


Climbed Disaster after hitting Arnot Peak, starting from Highland Lakes. We ascended from Paradise Valley and returned via the PCT. Round trip the hike was something like 18 miles. Beautiful area. The views of the Sonora Pass area are great. Hiked with Jonodo.
Posted Jan 8, 2010 1:05 am

JonodoFrom Highland Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2009


Climbed Disaster after hitting Arnot Peak, starting from Highland Lakes. We ascended from Paradise Valley and returned via the PCT. Round trip the hike was something like 18 miles. Beautiful area. The views of the Sonora Pass area are great. Hiked with Bryangast.
Posted Jul 13, 2009 3:32 pm

edevartMorning Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008


Started at sunset and decided to pitch the hammock in the meadows near the intersection with the climber's trail. The meadows were very lush and wet this early in the season. Much of the climber's trail was covered in snowdrifts so I had trouble at times finding the route. Almost walked into a big brown black bear on the way down. Good stuff.
Posted Jun 7, 2008 7:33 pm

AdamusWest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007
Nice hike for the most part. Lots of wildlife. Found the climbers' trail easily.
Posted Jul 10, 2007 5:23 am

Michael GraupeWest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2007

Michael Graupe

After climbing Sonora Pk. and Stanislaus Pk. in the morning, this hike turned out to be thougher than expected. First I missed the faint use trail completely and ended up climbing Pt.9251 from the west. Saw a bear on this steep slope. Then climbed the West Ridge from there. On the descent I managed to find the use trail just to lose it a few minutes later and ended up descending a steep gully >1000ft straight down to the main trail.
Posted Jul 9, 2007 4:59 pm

steve_hiebertDistaster Peak Under Gunfire  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2006


Climbed with my friends Bruce and Dee. I think we took the regular route. There was a lot of gunfire near the road from the hunters. I also saw a bear on the way up.
Posted Jun 13, 2007 6:58 pm

derbilly1st Ascent!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2007


.. for 2007. Seems like this peak doesn't get much traffic.
Posted Apr 29, 2007 9:52 pm

mlarkin2002Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2007
Took advantage of SR108 being open early this year for one weekend. Clark road -> Disaster Ck. -> Paradise Valley -> Summit, down via W side.
Posted Apr 29, 2007 4:28 am

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: North Slopes (ascent) / South Slopes (descent) Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2003; Oct 15, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Mine was the first entry in the register this year. I guess Bob's and Dan's faint praise for this peak has been keeping people away...

I found the trails in this area to be confusing--many are not shown on the map, and it's not always clear whether they're poor trails or good use trails in places.

Came back almost a year later to pad my SPS stats for the year. Other slogs like Stanislaus and Leavitt were much more enjoyable the second time around, but Disaster was as cruddy as I'd remembered. I think that second climb was my last visit to this peak.
Posted Oct 20, 2003 12:56 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2002  Sucess!

Bob Burd

A nice afternoon hike. Only problems were a bit of route-finding (some maps show a trail heading to the southwest side, but it's hard to find and faint in places) and the barbed wire fence going up on the West Ridge. There's actually a place called Paradise Valley just to the north that is a Wilderness cow pasture - how nice. Cow patties litter most of the slopes around this peak. Trip Report
Posted Jun 11, 2003 11:24 am

keemaRoute Climbed: Soutwest side Date Climbed: July 28, 2001 & June 8, 2003


2001camped with extended family along Clark Fork. On the climb met one other person on the summit and saw two other people along the trail. I wasted about an hour looking for the climbers trail too far south. A hot dusty trip.

2003 was a muddy trip. Again wasted about an hour looking for the climbers trail. Found it and then lost it again in patches of snow, mud and blow down. Spent most of the trip cross country. On the descent lost the trail and picked up Disaster Creek trail about a quarter mile north the trail junction. Saw nobody else the entire day. Interesting trips. Pretty easy navigation.
Posted Jun 11, 2003 8:45 am

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