Sacajawea Peak Climber's Log
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Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2005
|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|
|Clevelander22||Matterhorn thru Ice Lake |
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2005
|first time in the wallowas, such beautiful mountains. trail was a little sketch between the matterhorn and the sac, but a fun climb. where's the green team??|
|Posted Nov 16, 2006 6:47 am|
|awilsondc||Route Climbed: Matterhorn - Sacajawea Ridge via Ice Lake |
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2006
|Climbed this one with my brother on our way from Boise to Portland. We hiked up late in the afternoon and camped on the east side of Ice Lake, woke up in the am and headed up the east ridge of the Matterhorn to the summit. Since we were soooo close, we just had to hike the ridge to Sacajawea which had some short class 3 sections. Good views from the top, but not as good as the Matterhorn. We returned to camp via the scree fields SE of the ridge only to find another group had set up their camp not 100 feet from our tent (bastards!), so we had to listen to them and their whining dog the rest of the evening. Still, it was a great trip.|
|Posted Jul 17, 2006 10:19 pm|
|SawtoothSean||Route Climbed: Thorp creek Date Climbed: August 20,1999|
|Backpacking with my wife- this was a quick excursion- great ridgeline in a nice generally uncrowded range|
|Posted Jan 4, 2006 8:45 pm|
|Don Nelsen||Route Climbed: Cross country from Ice Lake Date Climbed: Sept. 1st, 1985|
|Climbed this along with Matterhorn with my hiking buds, Dave, Jon, Rob, Steve and Tony as part of a three-day camping trip.|
My first Wallowa peak of many more over the years. Can't get enough of this fantastic area.
|Posted Oct 25, 2004 9:01 pm|
|woodyoforegon||Route Climbed: Thorp Creek Date Climbed: 8/16/02|
|Climbed with my wife. Our 11th peak in the Wallowas. The SE ridge seemed a little steep at times. We came down a scree slope on the SW side of the mountain and back Thorp Creek.|
|Posted Sep 22, 2004 3:01 pm|
|annaleiserabinek||Route Climbed: Thorp Creek Date Climbed: September 27, 2003|
|What can I say that my partners, Dean and Tom (Cornvallis), haven't said already? It was a beautiful trail full of fall colors. The abundant animal tracks in the creek bed were incredible. The weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky. I took a nap on the summit, afterall, I was there for two and a half hours waiting for my partners to come and go. Overall, a great trip. Thanks, Tom and Dean, for making it memorable.|
|Posted Oct 3, 2003 12:42 am|
|Cornvallis||Route Climbed: Thorp Creek Date Climbed: September 27, 2003|
|Annaleiserabinek and I left Corvallis at 9 PM and drove through the night to meet Dean at the trailhead at around 4:30 AM. First time I had hiked with Dean since we met back on July 4th on Mt. McLoughlin when he introduced me to this site. Dean and I were ready to go, but we decided an hour-long power nap might be beneficial to us all, so I squeezed into the back seat of our rented Corolla and fell asleep for a much-needed quick hour. The fall colors along the approach trail were amazing. Found myself saying "WOW" with every turn of the trail, the Wallowas are simply incredible. Sacajawea looks huge on the approach, and is! When I reached the summit I had pretty much decided that we wouldn’t have enough time to make the traverse to the Matterhorn, but I couldn’t resist giving it a try. So I downed a sandwich and literally started running down the ridge that connects the two peaks. I would have to reach the summit of the Matterhorn in less than an hour and back to Sac in the same time. Annaleiserabinek and Dean watched from the summit of Sacajawea as I traversed the ridge.|
Great day, stunning mountains, and even better partners, Thanks guys!
|Posted Sep 30, 2003 1:28 am|
|Dean||Route Climbed: Thorp Creek route Date Climbed: Sept 27, 2003|
|This one had been haunting me ( rfbolton report below ) and I knew I had to go back and stick a fork in this one to get it done. Tom and Shelby, both fellow summit posters drove thru the night from Corvallis Oregon to meet me at the TH, arriving at 4:30 a.m. to do so. I had been sleeping in the back of my Honda Accord (my cheapo motel) and they quickly grabbed some very needed shut eye.|
We started up the trail at 7 a.m. and summitted in gorgeous weather. Actually, it was almost too unbeliveably warm for a Sept day. Tom ( Cornvallis ) picked off The Matterhorn as well making it a twofer day for him. Shelby and I were content to wave at him from our lofty perch on top of Sac. Tom can really cover ground and took less than 45 minutes each way, to me a pretty impressive time considering the terrain. The only negative on this trip was discovering a flat tire when I got back to the TH parking area. That didn't take away from the great day and the great companions that made this one special. Watching Tom glide along that traverse will always remain an amazing memory.
This is a great route. The Thorp creek trail is unmaintained and unsigned but it is a good trail, steep in parts that leads you quickly up to the meadows where we saw myriads of animal tracks all over the place (including bear and cougar). The climb up thesoutheast ridge is spectacular in places. Great summit views, outstanding. Don't go solo on this one, take a friend so you can hear each other go "Wow" time after time. A 4star trip (15 miles round trip with 4800 feet of elevation gain) We were back at the cars at 7p.m. so plan on taking most of a day to do this one. Beward of thunderstorm possibilities in the summer. Fall is a great time to do this one.
|Posted Sep 28, 2003 8:49 am|
|Bob Bolton||Route Climbed: Thorp Creek Date Climbed: September 7, 2003|
|SummitPost members Dean and Dennis Poulin had climbed Red Mountain in the southern Wallowas the day before, so we were already somewhat worn out. That plus a short night of sleep and we all were feeling rather fatigued from the get-go. Indeed Dean's legs refused to take him higher than the upper Thorp Creek basin, but losman90 and I continued up the ridge to the summit. This is the ONLY way to climb Sacajawea in my opinion.|
This summit had very special significance for me as it was my final Oregon county highpoint, being the highest peak in Wallowa County. So I'm the 3rd person known to have visited the highest point of each county in the state. www.cohp.org
|Posted Sep 8, 2003 10:59 pm|
|cmc56789||Route Climbed: thorp creek Date Climbed: August 26, 2003|
|climbed this solo and had the whole thing to myself and some crows that were circling around me. one of them even swooped down towards me with his talons out, but was easily shooed away. it was an odd experience. I did not see any goats, but saw some hoofprints from them as well as some manure on the ridge up to the summit. lots of scree. had decent views of the other wallowas and could see the strawberry range as well as the seven devils in Idaho. Aside from the crows it was a pretty fun first trip to the wallowas.|
|Posted Aug 26, 2003 10:37 pm|
|climberkristin||Route Climbed: matterhorn and ridgeline to Sac Date Climbed: July 5, 2003|
|Fun, scree filled, adventurous scramble to reach summit. Incredible views, unfortunately no goats.|
|Posted Jul 7, 2003 4:02 pm|
|cjwhat||Route Climbed: East ridge (standard) Date Climbed: August 20, 2002|
|Nice day until the lightning and rain started at about 11:00 am.|
|Posted Oct 17, 2002 3:07 pm|
|TNT825||Route Climbed: Matterhorn - Ice Lake Date Climbed: 10/12/02|
|Climbed the Matterhorn from Ice Lake and then traversed over across the ridge. It wasn't too bad for anyone that's at all into rock climbing, but it does require some scrambling.|
|Posted Oct 15, 2002 10:00 pm|
|slaughter||Route Climbed: Matterhorn/Sacajawea Ridge Date Climbed: October 13, 2002|
|Myself and two other sucessfully climbed the Matterhorn from Ice Lake, then followed the ridge towards the subsummit of Sacajawea, traversed around the subsummit to the West. We then followed the ridge to Sacajawea. On the return we followed the ridge back up to the top of the subsummit and exited via the scree leading down to Ice Lake. This route is very doable, just be careful on the ridge from the subsummit to Sacajawea.|
|Posted Oct 15, 2002 4:11 pm|
|darinchadwick||Route Climbed: A coulior above the Thorp Creek drainage basin. Date Climbed: Winter 1993|
|This was my second time summiting Sacajawea. The first was traversing (in the scree) from Matterhorn. For the second time I went with a crafty climber named Bob Rittenhouse, who is always looking for something new. He had espied an excellent coulior on an earlier trip, and invited me to go check it out.|
Climbing in the Wallowas in the winter is crazy, because the wet snow and freeze thaw cycles make for terrible avalanche conditions, but we caught a good streak of weather, snowshoed in, and climbed the route. It wasn't as steep as we had hoped, but we certainly had plenty of climbing solitutude.
|Posted Aug 17, 2002 10:12 am|
|Brian Jenkins||Route Climbed: Matterhorn/Sacajawea Ridge Date Climbed: July 27, 2002|
|Climbed the Matterhorn and then traversed below the subsummit between it and Sacajawea on the west side. Reached the saddle and scrambled the ridgeline over one gendarme but got stuck on the next one. It turned about 4th class maybe harder. Was alone and did not think it wise to climb further with lots of exposure on each side. Talked to others who tried afterwards and they agreed and had backed off as well. Would have taken too much time to traverse lower on the scree so I went back to the subsummit, walked the ridge on the Hurwal Divide to a scree field and surfed sand all the way down to Ice Lake. Will go back soon and try the Thorp Creek Trail route.|
|Posted Jul 31, 2002 1:14 pm|