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Nick TurturaSpectacular  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2014

Nick Turtura

I waited as lond as I could to make the 8 hour drive out east. I had been watching snow level reports for over a month and thought I'd give it a go. I got as far as 2.5 miles short of the East Eagle Creek TH due to snow. Which meant a long day ahead of me. 20 miles round trip, 5500' elevation gain. Half of it on snow shoes. From the base of Red was Picks and Pons to the top. Crater Lake was frozen and under snow. Pretty strait forward and absolutely perfect weather. I loved it! It's rare that you get to see these mountains covered in snow. Long 11 hours but made it back to the truck right at dark.
Posted Apr 20, 2014 10:54 pm

RedwicBecoming A Peakbagging Millionaire!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2013


After Rock Creek Butte, I drove east to Baker City and later to McBride Campground (my car-camping destination). Despite great weekend weather, the campground only had 1-2 other campsites taken. My site was so big that 3-4 vehicles could probably fit in it. Highly recommended campground.

Thanks to getting some great beta both from online and from peakbagging buddies, the hiking approach was fairly straightforward. I fell down during the scree ascent and hurt an arm and leg, but nothing serious. I tried not to waste much time, as I did not like being in such a remote area alone and was eager to head home later that day. I did not stay long at the summit due to what looked like approaching thunderclouds. I did not like this peak, unlike other Wallowa gems such as Eagle Cap and Sacajawea Peak. Then came the LONG drive back home, many times in bad traffic on the freeways.

By my calculations, I just passed 1,000,000 feet of cumulative lifetime elevation gain for summit hikes & attempts, by the conclusion of this summit hike.
Posted Sep 5, 2013 4:51 pm

Troy BRoute: Little Kettle Creek Trail and Southwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010

Troy B

See CalebEOC Climber's Log below. Quite the pile of rocks, but still an amazing view of the Wallowas. Had an excellent "Red Mountain Challenge" weekend.
Posted Aug 9, 2010 11:07 am

calebEOCUp from Eagle Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010


Hiked in from Eagle Creek with Troy Baker as part of our "2 Red Mountains Challenge" for the weekend (hiked red mountain in the elkhorns the following day). Hike took longer than I expected thanks to the poorly maintained - heavily overgrown trail. Ascended ridgeline further south than is the standard route and circumnavigated a gendarme between Granite and Red Mountains. Used standard route for descent, pretty hard on the old knees.
Posted Aug 9, 2010 12:09 am

Don NelsenHarder than it looks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Don Nelsen

On a perfect September day we set out to climb my 35th Oregon county high point. Starting at 8 AM and finishing 11 hours, 40 minutes later in the waning twilight, we were surprised at how difficult this trek was. Turns out that the trail climbs and drops much more that the map shows resulting in about 5,700 vertical foot gain for the round trip. The final 1,500 vertical of the peak is 2/3 on loose steep talus so that part requires a bit of extra energy as well.

The views in this part of the Wallowas are so inspiring as to make the difficulty seem trivial, so we enjoyed ourselves immensely and look forward to our next opportunity to climb in this wonderful area.
Posted Sep 9, 2006 3:18 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: West slopes and South Ridge Date Climbed: September 6, 2003  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

See Dean's post below. Baker County was my 35th of 36 Oregon county highpoint, and on the next day I completed all of Oregon's counties on Sacajawea Peak in Wallowa County.
Posted Oct 14, 2003 1:49 am

rpcRoute Climbed: "Standard" (South Ridge from Crater Lake) Date Climbed: October 12, 2002  Sucess!


Haydar's summitlog pretty much sums it up! Crazy weather. Got pounded by snow and wind on Saturday (Red Mtn. summit day as we initiallyl planned it....wasn't meant to be) and "ran" up Krag Peak as a consolation prize with Haydar. Saturday evening did not look promising as we had practically no visibility and continued snow fall (were planning on just hiking out Sun. morning). Our luck however changed Sunday morning as we saw mostly clear skies and sunshine. Decided to give Red a shot afterall and as we scrambled up the snow-coated scree and reached the ridge the clouds returned and started dumping snow on us once again. We tagged the summit and quickly hiked down/back to the car. Shirley and I both enjoyed Haydar's company - made the hike out less painful and the drive home enjoyable. 1am arrival in Portland and a crappy 7am wake up for work.
Posted Oct 13, 2003 7:30 pm

hkutukRoute Climbed: South Ridge via Crater Lake (aka The Dr. Route) Date Climbed: Oct. 12, 2003  Sucess!


Nature had prepared few surprises for us on my first trip to the remote landscape of Wallowas. On Saturday as we reached Crater Lake snow started coming down heavily and the Red mtn. attempt was out. To salvage the day rpc and I climbed Krag Peak west of Crater Lake in almost zero visibility. Next day happy to see the sun shining, with Shirley, Radek and Blondie, a true trooper, we headed for Red Mtn. There was nearly half a foot of snow on the ground, we quickly skirted the lake and went cross country to the base of the mountain. Decided to go along the second band of trees all the way to the ridge. Negotiating the sharp rock/scree covered in snow took us a while and once at the ridge top the sun was gone and dark clouds from the west had moved in. We dropped our packs here and raced to the summit. The final part of the ridge was exposed and very loose also covered in snow and ice. Any slip here would have had dire consequences. Carefully inched our way to the summit, unfortunately no views. Came down the same way talking and enjoying ourselves. My special thanks to Radek and Shirley for introducing me to the Wallowas. Will be back!

Posted Oct 13, 2003 6:48 pm

DeanRoute Climbed: SW scramble route Date Climbed: September 6, 2003  Sucess!


Three of us, all summitpost members and county highpointers ascended this peak on a warm September day. Barely escaping an encounter with a bull in a meadow along the trail early on (I had a red scarf ready to throw on the pack of fellow summitposter rfbolton ) we made the 18 mile round trip effort in a twelve hour day. We thought the mountain, after descending it should be re-named to Mt. Cairn as it seemed to be put together in a like manner (or slag heap). Still, it has a great summit and tremendous views in all directions. For rfbolton , it was his 35th Oregon County highpoint and my 29th. It was our first effort with Dennis Poulin and since then Dennis and I have climbed a ton of stuff together.

Posted Sep 26, 2003 7:52 am

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