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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

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

Infected MushroomMatterhorn/Sacajawea Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007

Infected Mushroom

When on the summit a small plane spotted us. Buzzing towards us, it slowed way down. Just over our heads, the pilot pulled a large swooping turn and waved. Cool indeed.
Posted Sep 19, 2007 8:17 pm

nickkarlSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007

nickkarl

Climbed after summiting The Matterhorn from Ice lake. Great scramble on the ridge. Headed over the the Hurwal Divide. Excellent day!
Posted Jul 23, 2007 7:07 pm

idahomtnhighRoute Climbed: South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 1999

idahomtnhigh

My brother and I summited Matterhorn early in the morning from Ice Lake and than made our way north along the ridge that connects to Sacajawea. Didn't have any trouble and returned to Ice lake the same way.
Posted May 16, 2007 12:51 am

Mr. ClamWinter attempt
Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2007

Mr. Clam

Made an attemt on the finger that splits the E and NE faces. I believe the route we took is to the North of the Thorp Creek route.
Trip report here: http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/282357/Winter-Mountaineering-in-the-Wallowas.html
Posted Apr 2, 2007 11:31 pm

donhaller3Nope
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2005

donhaller3

Had camped at the lower end of the meadows in Thorpe Cr. Basin and started just before daylight. Some frost, very cold fingers first half mile or so. It was a beautiful but frustrating day.

Went up the SE Ridge route. As in the walk in the day before, I seemed to be going much more slowly than I expected. I assumed that the combination of age, sudden altitude change and diabetes were giving me more problems than I had anticipated. Generally a tremendous feeling of weakness, particularly in the legs. I had a sore swollen area on one side of my jaw that I thought was from a trail mix sliver down along the tooth from a couple of days before. It turned out to be a double abcess that was the size of half a tennis ball by the time I got home Saturday the 30th. A few months later I discovered that I am one of the lucky people who has muscle tissue destroyed by Lipitor.

That's the major whine. I also tried an alternate path that swung out to the left, based on a conversation with somebody who had done this a few years before. This led to problems that I tried to resolve by going further to the left, which eventually led me to withdraw downwards to try to swing back to the right. I think these "problems" were not that great, and would have been ignored if I hadn't been alone or had been feeling better. As it was, by the time I got back on track it was 20 minutes short of the 1:30 turnaround I had set. (Supposed front coming that pm per info when I left home and I never got high enough to see if storm cells were indeed marching in from the SW.) So I went back to camp.

Despite the malaise and disappointment, this was a spectacular day.

Was going to try again the next day, but a thunder storm rolled through about sunrise. Went back to bed for 2 hours and still felt like untreated solid waste, but decided to just follow Thorp Creek all the way up. By about noon it was another beautiful day. Walked up eventually to the head of the basin and up the crest of the ridglet that runs almost due south from the summit. Was less than 1200 vertical feet from the summit by a straightforward talus trudge, BUT it was 4:00 and I could see towering cum over the Seven Devils, AND the note in my cookpot had said I would go to where I was and then come back the same way. So I did, taking almost to dusk to get there. The next day I decided to to wander the meadow portion of the basin and take pictures, then walked out to the car. Again taking twice as long as planned and by now having real difficulty chewing solid stuff and definitely feeling feverish.

Despite all, this was one of the best trips I've ever taken.
Posted Feb 26, 2007 8:24 am

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