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coreyrnelsonSummit on Hurwal
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2014

coreyrnelson

Beautiful day!!! Snow fell the night before hiding the trail by thorpe creek. Up higher it made walking on the scree more challenging than just miserable scree. I did not know which way the route to Sacajawea went and ended up summiting a peak on the Hurwal Divide. Did not have time to traverse the ridge to the summit so I headed back but all in all a great day!
Posted Oct 19, 2014 1:14 am

scgrantSacajawea Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2014

scgrant

Absolutely unbelievable hike. We followed the Hurricane Creek/ Thorpe Creek route. One of the more impressive mountains I have ever climbed. The views from the summit out towards the Matterhorn and the rest of the Wallowas were fantastic. Perfectly clear day, minus some smoke from a forest fire that had started that morning in the vicinity. Oregon CoHP #5 on the trip. We did Spanish Peak (Wheeler CoHP) later that evening.
Posted Jul 26, 2014 12:23 am

seanoThorp Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2014

seano

A classic no-view day with drizzle. DO NOT lose the trail on the way down, else ye shall suffer. Trip report.
Posted Jun 27, 2014 3:59 pm

jcarrdiveRe: Thorp Creek

jcarrdive

What a bummer the Viz was bad. It is spectacular up there. The view of the Matterhorn is second to none from that vantage point. I hope you can go back, as it is worth a second trip. Great trip report, by the way.
We summited via the ridge from the Matterhorn and Peak 9775, via Ice Lake. If you get a chance, that is a very fun route.
Posted Oct 23, 2014 1:29 pm

locke456Great Introduction To The Wallowas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2011

locke456

Route: Thorpe Creek

The Wallowas are hands down my favorite mountain range. Sacajawea was my first summit there and the Thorpe Creek route was a good introduction. Had some trouble finding the trail as it disappears for a bit in the Thorpe Creek meadow, but once I picked it up from there it was a pleasant enough hike to the cirque, which made a great camping spot (though don't camp to close to the walls, mountain goats were kicking rockslides down at me throughout the night!).

Would have loved to traverse to the Matterhorn or maybe to Hurwal (which I think is possible?) but I was too green at the time and was happy with my single summit.
Posted Oct 7, 2013 10:42 pm

jcarrdiveRe: Great Introduction To The Wallowas

jcarrdive

The crossing to Peak 9775 and Matterhorn is not too bad. The section from Sac to 9775 is the most difficult. A few jendarmes (spelling?) that make you a tiny bit mervous, but they really are not hard.
Wallowas are the best of Oregon, you are right.
Posted Oct 23, 2014 1:26 pm

nlahueThorpe Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2013

nlahue

Climbed via thorpe creek. Backpacked into thorpe creek sent up a tent and climbed from there. Meant to do it with matterhorn but I was impatient and decided to climb once i was in camp rather than wait till the next morning so summited too late to traverse. Thorpe creek was pretty quiet for labor day
Posted Sep 7, 2013 4:08 pm

RedwicNice Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2013

Redwic

The Thorp Creek Trail is not the boogeyman trail some people have made it out to be. Finding the trail entrance is not too difficult, and the trail is in great shape. A climber's path leads up the NE ridge of the mountain, too. Overall, this was a great approach and great peak. 4h30m up, 3h30m down. My 25th Ultra and my 28th OR CoHP.
Posted Jul 30, 2013 7:27 am

drootFun scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2012

droot

Summited at about 11:15 AM after traversing the ridge from Matterhorn. Fun scramble, and beautiful views throughout. Lots of smoke at the time we went though.
Posted Sep 25, 2012 10:00 am

Nick TurturaPretty sweet  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2012

Nick Turtura

Amazing climb after a LONG approach. The climb up thorp creek was as hard as the mountain itself. I do have a few additions to the route description. Mark the Thorp creek junction before and after the mudslide on your GPS. After the high meadow on Thorp creek don't follow the creek up to the gap at the cirque. Hang a right and look for a trail that skips all the loose stuff. It should go right up to that east ridge. I found it on the way down and realized it would have saved some headache. (I put as many cairns as I could to mark it.) Lastly, the description says to travers the left slopes from the ridge. You got me?? Just follow that East ridge all the way, there is a great trail. If you lose the trail for more that 100 feet you're off it and should be looking for it. It was a piece of cake other than I kept looking for a place to travers off the east ridge. Thanks for the rest of the info it was spot on.
Posted Sep 8, 2012 9:46 pm

boisedocThorp creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2012

boisedoc

Pretty area. Good weather. No crowds. Thorp creek trail takes a bit of work to find and is steep but gets the job done
Posted Aug 2, 2012 5:53 pm

Kyle509From hurricane creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2011

Kyle509

Came up the Thorp Creek trail on a day hike. Around 14 miles and nearly 5000 gain day, very fun.
Posted Apr 24, 2012 5:37 pm

idpeakgirlFrom Thorp Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2004

idpeakgirl

It was worthwhile going in this way and having the secluded campsite, away from Ice Lake.
Posted Jul 24, 2011 4:40 pm

SnowsloggerThreeFer(maybe four)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2010

Snowslogger

Great solo trip. From Ice Lake to the Matterhorn (my third, counting Disneyland and the Sierra), peak 9775, Sacajawea, and Hurwal Divide. Stayed relatively low on the west on the traverse (about 9,400') and thus missed most of the fun, but was trying to be efficient for a long day.
Posted Aug 24, 2010 3:51 pm

Troy BMatterhorn Sacajawea Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2010

Troy B

Excellent traverse from the Matterhorn. The views from the top are amazing.
Posted Jul 31, 2010 1:05 pm

alpinedonRetro-signing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2002

alpinedon

Climbed from The Matterhorn, solo.
Posted Nov 22, 2009 10:14 pm

Brian JenkinsTraversed  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2009

Brian Jenkins

After attempting this traverse in 2002 and failing, I went back and tried again with Flanders and Lunadog. They got about halfway there and decided to stop. I went to the same spot I got stumped years before and then traversed low into the scree on the west side. Gingerly made my way over to a dark vein of rock and then up a bit until I found a way back up onto the ridge. From that point on it was clear sailing to the summit of the highest point in the Wallowas. On the way back, I went the ridge the whole way and it was much easier to see the way I should have gone. There are two exposed class 3 sections on the ridge if you are coming from Matterhorn where when it looks dicey, traverse around the west side of the gendarme and stick higher to the ridge and you should be fine. Much easier coming from Sacajawea to see where the route goes.
Posted Aug 24, 2009 1:58 am

calebEOCThorpe Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008

calebEOC

Came up Thorpe Creek and through the basin. First time in the Wallowas, this is easily the most rugged terrain in Oregon. Drove up to the trailhead friday night from Bend, drive time is slightly prohibitive, but should be making the trip up here more frequently the next year to knock out more peaks.
Posted Sep 14, 2008 7:24 pm

donhaller3South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2008

donhaller3

Camped at Thorp Creek Basin. Was accompanied by my son Mike, O he of infinite patience and tact. Returned down the talus ridge that lies more south than the south ridge. No significant snow on either ridge, except as scenery. ADDITION: Snow still at the foot of the ridge still deep enough to cover the large runoff stream underneath. Use the slot in the basalt dike to get on the ridge.

The ascending experience was glorious, a new peak or ridge
seeming to pop up every few hundred feet, lots of snow on most, another savagely beautiful (northwest?) ridge visible from the false summit onward, and intriguing varieties of rock underfoot throughout.

The Twin Creek blowdown/avalanche mess on the way in becomes less of an obstacle as time passes. About 150 feet upstream from the old trail crossing one can cross and pass through most of the mess with almost no obstacles.

Posted Jul 20, 2008 12:50 pm

Mr. ClamTraverse from Matterhorn  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007

Mr. Clam

Did the traverse with Infected Mushroom and two other friends, fun scrambling along the way.
Posted Sep 19, 2007 8:54 pm

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