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Hoodoo Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.25180°N / 120.34297°W

Object Title: Hoodoo Peak

County: Okanogan

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 8464 ft / 2580 m

 

Page By: EastKing

Created/Edited: Jun 7, 2014 / Jun 9, 2014

Object ID: 899844

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Overview

The ridge to Hoodoo Peak
The ridge to Hoodoo Peak


Hoodoo Peak, located in Okanogan County is one of the easier mountains to climb on the Washington State Bulger List and the Washington Top One Hundred List. It ranks #63 on the Bulger List which the a famous list for the tallest peaks in Washington State. Outside of Bulger List peakbaggers and climbers, this mountain does not receive a lot of traffic do the the fact that mountain is far away from where most people who climb live. Don't let either of these reason deter you from climb this Bulger. Though this mountain is one of the easier summits on the Washington State Bulger List, it is not easy.

Hoodoo first makes an appearance
First appearance of Hoodoo Peak
Empty summit picture
Summit picture


At 12 miles and over 4000 feet of elevation gain you do have to do some work to get to summit. The summit ridge, which is Class 2, is a constant boulder scramble from the ridgeline to the summit. Not all the boulders heading up to this summit are steady so while you are going up please check rock before putting weight on it. As of 2014 there a huge field of blow-downs that is having a major impact on the Libby Lake Trail. This only makes the trip that much more difficult. One can only hope that soon these trees will be removed but with this trail being away from any major town it seems very doubtful.

EastKing checking out the terrain
Checking out the terrain
Lots of summits
Typical amazing summit shots.


The views from the summit of Hoodoo Peak are fantastic. One can see at least 30 Bulger summits and hundreds of other summits from Hoodoo Peak. Peak such as nearby Raven Ridge and Oval Peak, Courtney Peak and Star Peak can easily be recognized from Hoodoo Peak. The Enchantment Range and many of the northern Cascades can be seen from Hoodoo Peak. Hoodoo has a complete 360 degree panorama like almost Bulger summits in Washington State. You have a great chance on having the entire summit to yourself due to how far this peak is away from every major town.  

Josh Lewis grabs victory!!
Josh Lewis grabs victory!!

Getting There

VIA THE LIBBY LAKE TRAILHEAD: From Wenatchee head east on Route 2/97 for two miles. Make a left onto 97 toward Okanogan and and stay on the road for 53 miles. Make a left onto WA-153 and go 21 miles. From there make a left on Libby Creek Road and go 2.5 miles. Make a slight left onto Black Pine Lake Road which will then turn into NF-43. Stay on this road from 3.2 miles and watch out for cattle grazing on the road. Make yet another slight left onto NF 4340 for 1.2 miles. Then make a right onto NF-700 and go one mile to a sign pointing to the Libby Lake Trailhead on the left side. Take that road all of the way to the trailhead.

Route

Map of the Route
Map of the Route


Hoodoo Peak
Class 2 (Boulder Scramble)
Distance: 12 miles
Elevation Gain: 4200 feet


This route starts out from the Libby lake Trailhead, it goes up quickly yet gently up with a number of nice switchbacks up to the gap between a smaller peak called Mission Peak and the ridge that leads to Libby Lake and Hoodoo Peak. The trail will start out very narrow as it passes through a field of Indian Paintbrush and Balsamroot. This section of trail is delightful in early June. Take this trail for 5+ miles. As of 2014 a large group of trees are down on the trail between mile marker 1 and 2 and make what would normally be a very easy well paced and gradual trail into a near mine field. I received several scratches on this section of trail. Once past the blowdown you will first cross Libby Creek and continue up the well paced trail where you will then recross Libby Creek and then one of its tributaries until you will continue to hike up until you see that same tributary again.


Fallen Trees on the Way to Hoodoo
This is not a pretty shot but a shot showing you what conditions are for a mile along the normally tame Libby Creek Trail.
Ascending the now snow-filled gully
Finally off the trail and heading up the gully


There is where you will then go off-trail this may be hard to see in spring due to the spring snow so pay attention to the geography of the region. From there scramble up to the ridge. This will either be snow in spring or boulders in summer and fall. You will then finish the climb from the ridge with a constant Class 2 boulder scramble. Exposure on this peak is minimal but one must really pay attention to where your hands and feet on the boulder scramble in order to make sure of no loose rocks or twisted ankles. Once you get towards the summit you want to right of the summit for easiest ascent to the top. There is a nice area below where one can rest but beware of biting ladybugs which Josh Lewis and I experience on Hoodoo Peak.

Josh heading up Hoodoo Peak
Josh Lewis heading up Hoodoo Peak
Shot scrambling to the summit
Josh Lewis scrambling up Hoodoo Peak

Red Tape

Unlike most trailheads in Washington State as of 2014 this trailhead is still free.

When to Climb

Josh scrambling up Hoodoo Peak
Josh scrambling up Hoodoo Peak

Hoodoo Peak is good to climb from May to October. In May though bring ice axe, snowshoes due to the serious potential for post-holing and because most of the route is probably going to be covered in snow. Crampons are recommended in spring and early summer. We did not need them on our trip due to warming of the snow but we were in warm sunny conditions. The summit area becomes much worse in wet and ice conditions. Do plan accordingly to the conditions of the weather. In summer Hoodoo Peak can become very warm and tends to pick up smoke from nearby forest fires. August would be the least desirable time to go if forest fire season becomes severe in this region. Fall (late September to early October) would be a great time to come climb this mountain because there are a lot of larches by Libby Lake and on the way to Hoodoo Peak.

Camping

There are a number of camping areas where one can camp here (see map above). Though Hoodoo is a day trip often many people like to combine with Raven Ridge (Class 3-4). Many of those people like to camp at Libby Lake. There is also a small spot rough 3 miles in on Libby Creek right at the first crossing as well along with other areas along the way. Finally a little ways up the trail at Libby Lake there is good spot to camp where there is a former shelter located there. 

External Links

Hoodoo Peak Peakbagger Page

Fall trip report on Hoodoo Peak

Hoodoo Peak Spring Trip Report

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