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Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby Skopski » Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:35 pm

Has anyone been up Horse Creek trail to Matterhorn Peak/Whorl Mountain? I am heading out there this weekend and would appreciate any info on conditions. I assume the chockstone on Whorl is still full of snow and ice...

Thanks in advance

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Re: Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby ROL » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:29 am

Proof of the Matterhorn from upper Horse Ck. on July 13. Continual Snow from 1/4 mile above this point. I wasn't willing to slog my LF camera any higher. The last time I stood on its summit, the Eagle had just landed – on the moon.
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Re: Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby Skopski » Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:15 am

Thanks for the info. Nice photo, btw. I would love to get into photography, but I have too many expensive hobbies already...

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Re: Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby Skopski » Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:26 am

We camped at Horse Creek pass Saturday night, then went up Matterhorn Sunday morning.

There is still a fair amount of snow on the upper portion towards the pass. The snow was pretty firm - I don't have much experience traveling on snow, so it was a bit interesting at times.

The bench leading to the Whorl Mountain ascent gully still has a lot of snow.

Mosquito's were bad in the three meadows heading out of Twin Lakes, but not bad past 10k ft.

I'll post pictures if I can figure out how...

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Re: Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby Skopski » Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:38 pm

I think hitting them both in one weekend depends on how much time you have, as well as the weather. We drove from the Bay Area Saturday morning, and started the trail at 11:00am. By the time we reached the pass at about 6pm it was obvious we would not make Matterhorn that day. (Our original plan was to hit Matterhorn Saturday evening, then Whorl Sunday morning, then hike out in the afternoon.)

The thunderstorms slowed us down, as did our inexperience crossing the snowfields, which were firm and sun-cupped. I would like to have had an ice ax or at least some trekking poles for peace of mind.

I'm still working on the pictures. :oops:

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EDIT - My profile pick is the view up towards Horse Creek Pass on Sat. July 30th, somewhere around 3pm.
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Re: Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby hgrapid » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:03 am

How bad is the snow? I am leading a group up Matterhorn on August 20th via Horse Creek. There is some debate over the need for an ice axe, but my hope is that snow will be patchy enough by then that no such thing is required to get up to the pass.
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Re: Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby hgrapid » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:10 pm

Was anyone climbing Matterhorn this weekend? Any status updates for Horse Creek?
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Re: Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby hgrapid » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:47 pm

Was anyone on Matterhorn this weekend? I have a group of 10 or 11 going next Saturday and want to make sure conditions are good - i.e. not too much snow via Horse Creek Canyon.
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Re: Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby Bob Burd » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:20 am

hgrapid wrote:Was anyone on Matterhorn this weekend? I have a group of 10 or 11 going next Saturday and want to make sure conditions are good - i.e. not too much snow via Horse Creek Canyon.


We had several folks climb Matterhorn via the SE Face on Friday. No snow on the SE Face, the usual snow on the north side of the pass. The snow was actually better than the usual talus/morraine slog.
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Re: Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby hgrapid » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:31 am

I think we are climbing via Horse Creek Canyon - the northeast face
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Re: Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby Bob Burd » Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:43 am

hgrapid wrote:I think we are climbing via Horse Creek Canyon - the northeast face


There is no NE Face route that I know of. There's the North Arete (class 5), but the standard route via Horse Creek Canyon goes over the south side of the pass and up the SE Slopes.
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Re: Matterhorn Pk via Horse Creek

Postby hgrapid » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:03 pm

I thought the approach from Twin Lakes is from the north. That's what I meant - heading up from Twin Lakes.
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