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ClimberCrabsEarly Summer Attempt
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2012

ClimberCrabs

We tried the approach through Conrad Meadows and up to the Meade Glacier basin over a long 4th of July break. The basin below the Meade was totally snow covered save for the one melted out point where we camped. Made good time from camp up the "glacier" and to the ridgeline below the peak. We traversed over to the west face but were stopped by the steep snow barely clinging to loose rubble. We probably could have crossed but the runout was nasty and it was getting late in the day so we headed back. RT from camp was 5.5 hours which included some dawdling and filling up our water jugs. Beautiful area and an awesome route up the Meade basin, when I go back I'll wait till late July or August so the upper snowfield is completely gone, would be a simple but loose scramble when snow free.
Posted Jul 14, 2012 6:59 pm

gimpilator7500 Foot Traverse
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2011

gimpilator

We tried the traverse from Big Horn after reaching that summit. We made it to within a 50 vertical feet of the summit of Goat Citadel before realizing that we had run out of time. I'll be back, probably from the standard approach.
Posted Aug 1, 2011 7:25 pm

MattDurkeeOne Day with Late Start  Sucess!

MattDurkee

Can't remember the exact date, but threw in down from Conrad Meadows in 1 day even with a late start.
Posted Mar 8, 2011 4:12 am

breauxtrahnscramble route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2010

breauxtrahn

Buggy down in the pastures, one of the longest and most interesting ridge traverses I've done. Saw a long mound of rocks with cross coming out of head and Nalgene bottle buried under a layer. I think someone was buried here.
Posted Dec 8, 2010 10:41 pm

Dennis PoulinBig Horn Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008

Dennis Poulin

Climbed with Edward. WE did Big Horn earlier in the day. A bit of a scramble getting around the Citadel.
Posted Jul 15, 2009 12:43 pm

ericnoelKlickton Divide  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2009

ericnoel

The approach is a bit long, dusty and feces-laden. Nonetheless, the beautiful upper basin above 6000 feet makes up for it. I would have liked this peak less if there were more scree and less snow.
Posted Jul 6, 2009 3:44 pm

basagixKlickitat / Meade Glacier  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

basagix

Fun climb with R3. Downed-tree/dirt grabbing approach. Skinned from 6000 feet. Icy conditions on last scramble to summit. Fun ski on soft corn. Well earned taco cones and miller.
Posted May 13, 2009 6:09 pm

YEMCispus Basin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2007

YEM

The easy approach is quickly forgotten when you get on the nasty rock traverse. Study the route pictures. I wish I had. I ran into a Mazama group here and they were the only other people on the mountain that weekend. Once on the open NW Ridge, I dropped my camping gear and went to the summit for sunset pictures. What a view! Better than Adams or St. Helens imo. The bivy was crystal clear with plenty of meteors. I descended into the marine layer and said goodbye to summer.
Posted Sep 19, 2007 8:08 pm

Karl Helser"Go Back" said Mother Nature...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007

Karl Helser

Yeah, what Brian said...
Easy approach to camp. The route from camp to Gilbert has just enough danger associated with it to make it fun. Call me nuts, but I like that stuff! I'm looking forward to going back to tag some of the technical stuff...also, the Cispus Basin looks like a cool way to tag Ive's and Old Snowy
Posted Sep 19, 2007 7:30 pm

Brian JenkinsBeating the Storm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007

Brian Jenkins

Climbed the West Route with Karl Helser. Beautiful easy hike in to one of the most magnificent basins I've seen complete with picturesque herds of goats on the hills around us. The hike in was shorter than we thought so we decided to climb Ives Peak before dinner. Climbed up and enjoyed the sunset but now realized it was not Ives but Peak 7478 between Goat Rocks and Ives. Clouds would roll in at night and then roll out with lots of moisture in the air. Our plan was to hit Gilbert Peak in the morning and then Big Horn and maybe try to find a way up Goat Citadel afterwards. We barely beat the approaching system up Gilbert and then hightailed it down in clouds and misty rain. No way we could get Big Horn in the wet without knowing which gully would take us up (and not being able to see it). At least that gives us another reason to come back and enjoy the meadows again.
Posted Sep 17, 2007 1:33 am

awilsondcRoute Climbed: West Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

awilsondc

Yikes! This route has lots of loose rock. That said it isn't bad if you are good at knowing where to put your feet. Trip report here.
Posted Jul 9, 2007 4:05 am

Snidely WhiplashKlickitat Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 1990

Snidely Whiplash

Beautiful. Recommend a camp at Warm Lake.
Posted Feb 26, 2007 1:25 am

vermeerKlickton Divide  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2006

vermeer

From great camps at Warm Lake we kicked up the snow to the ridge. It was all straight forward and fun scrambling from there. One big exposed step at the end to the summit!
Posted Oct 20, 2006 4:23 am

TheBootfitterBeautiful Fall Hike in Goat Rocks!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2006

TheBootfitter

We met up with our group Friday night intending to hike up to Gilbert Peak on Saturday to take advantage of the good weather before the rain moved in that night. We all made it within a couple hours of the top when my wife's knee that she had twisted on the way up was causing her too much pain to continue. She and I returned to camp (getting lost for a few minutes along the way), while the others continued successfully to the top. We hiked out on Sunday in the rain, having seen some beautiful scenery and having shared some great company.
Posted Oct 16, 2006 6:37 am

osatrikWest Route - 7500 Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006

osatrik

OSAT group of Rik, Bill, Nancy, Sally, Gary, Doug, Andrew, and Dan spent the night in Cispus Basin. We completed the summit the next day, following the scramble traverse and goat tracks at about 7500 ft. Previous posters took gullies up to Goat Citadel, but much of the loose gully ugliness of this climb can be avoided by traversing the majority of the route at 7500 elevation rather than going up to the Big Horn/Goat Citadel Basin before traversing SE.
This was my "Return to Goat Rocks" climb -- see posting regarding my 2000 accident and Blackhawk evacuation from Klickton Divide.
I've also posted a detailed route report.
Posted Aug 22, 2006 5:33 am

thundercloudKlickton Divide  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2006

thundercloud

Approached from Conrad Meadows, hiked up to Warm Lake where we camped for the night. Snow level at 5,000 feet, and trail disappeared at Surprise Lake. From Warm Lake, which was frozen except for an edge where we pumped water from, we gained the crest of Klickton Divide after about 600 feet of climbing. Crampons used during the entire ascent, as most of the ridge climb was on frozen snow and some patches of dirt/choss. Great early season non-technical climb/scramble, but long and tedious approach. I doubt I would like this route in late season, but Warm Lake is a very fine and scenic camp destination. Route is certainly preferable and better overall quality than the hideous "Gully of Doom" from Cispus Basin.
Posted Jun 24, 2006 6:20 pm

tymeleroRoute Climbed: Hudson Highline Route Date Climbed: July 2, 2005  Sucess!

tymelero

What an amazing day to be climbing. I think this is one of the most beautiful areas I have been. The Mead glacier was in perfect condition for kick stepping. No crampons needed. The scrambling was also great. We did see seven goats on the way up. Good thing since this is the Goat Rocks. We were the only ones on the mountain that day.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 2:14 am

leftfieldRoute Climbed: Cispus Basin Date Climbed: October 3, 2004  Sucess!

leftfield

A couple of years ago i came up to climb this and we thrashed around all morning barking up blind gully after blind gully until we ran out of time and patience and turned around. This time i came up with a group associated with a reputable local climbing club and much to my astonishment found that when we turned around the first time we were but a mere 50 feet away from the key to the route. After that, a stroll.
Posted Oct 7, 2004 1:17 am

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Tieton Glacier/West Ridge Date Climbed: June 18, 1983  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

Duane, Dennis and I camped at Goat Creek, climbed from there, then broke camp and hiked out in the dark after the climb.
Posted Feb 3, 2004 11:28 pm

jtschanzRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 9, 2003  Sucess!

jtschanz

This is one route where the approach is better than the climb! Refer to hkutuk's post below ... we hiked in on the Snowgrass Flats trail and met up with the PCT towards the beautiful Cispus Basin. Not seeing any obvious trail in the basin we continued to Cispus Pass before deciding which route we wanted to take. Instead of backtracking to the basin we traversed across the ridge to the saddle below Black Thumb. From here we tried to follow Beckey's route description but we ended up mainly following the goat droppings. The worst part was over when we arrived at the far edge of the Goat Citadel; from there it was a fun, easy scramble up the ridge to the summit. We enjoyed the dramatic summit view for a whole 4 minutes before beginning the tedious, dangerous descent back to the basin. Happy to have all of our bones intact, we set up camp above the basin and cooked our dinner in the fading sunlight. Beautiful location, nice summit - but not a great route. If I climb this peak again in late season, I'll approach from the other side!
Posted Aug 11, 2003 11:50 am

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