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Larson1959Well Worth the Climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 29, 2012

Larson1959

Route Climbed: Horseback trail to Plateau, East Slope to (North) Center Peak.
Conditions: 1-2 inches snow previous day, temp 38-42 degrees, no wind!

What a tough challenge...what a rewarding experience. The only thing I probably did wrong was not contact the Rangers. I don't recommend climbing solo. This IS a remote mountain.

I approached from the high plateau --> rim of gully --> up to ridge leading up to (North) Center Peak.

The hike on the plateau is a good 1 1/2 miles. The approach to the ridge is class 1-2. The approach up the SE slope to the (North) Center Peak is a good class 2+.

Thoughts: Winter is probably the best time to climb Sunset. There is very dense brush. Also, there are "Jillions" of boulders and nooks for Rattlesnakes in warmer weather. Next time, I will let the Rangers know my route.
Posted Dec 29, 2012 10:57 pm

GeoExplorerThe Family Peak

GeoExplorer

I basically grew up on Sunset. Another great walk for the views and nature.
Posted May 25, 2009 1:49 am

Mark DoironWith Alan Ellis, Lower Marmot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2008

Mark Doiron

Did a six mile circuit that included all three summits, as well as the sub-summit rock outcropping at the south end of the chain. Windy day, but otherwise great. Sure was a lot of bushwhacking, though. A whole lot.
Posted Nov 16, 2008 6:28 pm

txmountaineerRoute Climbed: Northwest Gulley Date Climbed: 06 May 2005  Sucess!

txmountaineer

This was one of the densest bushwacks I've ever encountered! A desperate battle with shrubs and trees lead me up the gulley to Point 2137', where the going became much easier. A series of clearings led up to the main summit at 2255'. I then descended SSW and climbed up to the spectacular top of "Sunset Spire", the southernmost summit of the Sunset massif. I found a better route for the descent, thanks to the local bovine community, but had to brush off 37 ticks in the process (only 2 actually sunk their fangs in). A note to all, May is definitely tick season in the Wichita!
Posted May 8, 2005 10:06 pm

splandswestRoute Climbed: NW Slope Date Climbed: Around 1995  Sucess!

splandswest

My son Ben and I climbed this peak on a cold morning. I remember the temperature in Lawton was 43. But as we reached the summit of the north peak we encountered solid ice on the boulders with no melting. Light Scrambling, bushwhacking, and bouldering.
Posted Apr 12, 2005 11:29 am

cruzitRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: May 22, 2004  Sucess!

cruzit

Sure...let's go bushwacking in the 90 degree heat:) Thank goodness for the clouds. Great hike in the Wichitas.
Posted May 23, 2004 3:21 pm

Alan EllisRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: May 22, 2004  Sucess!

Alan Ellis

This was a great day in the Charon Gardens. Nothing like a good bushwhack to get the blood pumping!
Posted May 23, 2004 11:32 am

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