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PTMcGDeep Woods Hike
My wife and I were intrigued by this basalt incisor rising distant from the forest southwest of Crater Lake. The day we climbed it, we were pleasantly surprised to learn what a deep woods approach (>5miles) it was to the summit outcrop. The forest here is mature and quiet. We never saw another person on the 5-6 hours we spent round tripping to the summit. We did come across a horse sized elk on a dark hillside, standing amidst the massive trees. We had never seen an elk in thick woods before, only having freuqently seen them in open meadows and herds. It was a real thrill and imbued the animal with a totally different personality than that of a grazing animal.
The summit block is very beautiful, the oldest peak in Crater Lake NP. We enjoyed the solitary nature of this hike and the deep and diverse woods, views and topography of this peak. A great day. There is also a nice camp site, just slightly down the hill at the corner of the first, and longest, switchback that heads up the summit block.
Posted Nov 1, 2014 11:57 am

locke456Great Last 1.5 Miles  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2014

locke456

The first few miles of the trail are pretty straightforward, but once you get a view of the peak, things get interesting fast. It never becomes anything technical, but the views are great and the exposure is just enough to make things interesting. Highly recommended hike, even though you can't see the lake from the summit.

Heard elk bugles on the way in and crossed paths with elk and a bear on the way back to the car!
Posted Sep 21, 2014 3:55 pm

Brian JenkinsBirthday Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2014

Brian Jenkins

Started at 6 am, not sure why I was thinking this one would take so long. It doesn't. I summited at 8:15 am. Easy approach, fun hike up the summit pinnacle. Sullivan is right in his book, there are at least 36 switchbacks, some only a few steps in distance, but they are all there. Got a call from my brother wishing me happy birthday on the summit. No idea how there is cell reception at the top! Back at the trailhead by 10:30 even with a half hour break at the summit. Fun, always wanted to tag this one.
Posted Aug 24, 2014 10:43 pm

Paul McClellanNice Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2014

Paul McClellan

Humid and warm day with some mosquitoes. Met a NPS trail crew working on the upper trail. The trail makes this ascent quite straightforward, with one switchback at class 2 with some exposure.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 1:23 pm

alpinedonTwice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2008

alpinedon

I have done this peak twice, once in 2007, with my friend Mike and then again in 2008 with a large group of friends and family. The second trip was fun because my girlfriend Brook, really started to see why I enjoyed climbing so much and she literally flew up the mountain.
Posted Nov 23, 2009 1:05 am

cjwhatRoute Climbed: Union Peak Trail Date Climbed: July 23, 2005  Sucess!

cjwhat

Made it up in 2 1/2 hours. DEET and water were both very necessary.
Posted Jul 26, 2005 4:54 pm

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