The drive up to the Broken Top trail head is one of the most scenic and roughest roads I have been on. This climb was more fun than I had expected.
By far my favorite mountain in Oregon. A little of everything.
The exposure at the top is not too bad, although magnified by its crumbling nature. The descent was quite fast going down the scree slopes. Green lakes were indeed green.
Climbed the NW Ridge on a beautiful fall day with Dan & Jim Butler. Approached from Park Meadow trailhead and used Golden Lake as a base for two nights out.
We intentionally left the rope at the truck and I'm glad we did. You'll want to be comfortable down-climbing the rock band (it's fairly steep). Our way past the crux was perhaps 30 feet right of the 'wide crack' on the rock band. The wide crack looked quite solid, but seemed a little more 'exposed'.
Cat Walk was a stroll - just don't dally about and fall off.
I saw Broken Top in the distance after hiking up the Tam MacAurther Rim. So I hiked to it, but stopped short due to time contraints, and lack of sufficient food or water. I definitely want to come back!
Attempted the day after south sister, but just wasn't feeling up for it. Quit about 1/3 of the way up the ridge. I'll definitely come back for this one.
This was a nice day hike, but the scree is nasty. I'd much rather do this one in the winter and ski down.
Let's just call this Class 4 and be done with it. Hard to understand the YDS ratings between 5.1 and 5.3.
Great hike in, scrambled up the NW ridge and scree skied down! so much fun!
I have climbed BT successfully twice, one with my friend Mike B., and once with the Obsidians. One of my favorite climbs with stupendous views. The last time, with the Obsidians, I left before the group to get sunrise pictures and got to with 200 feet of the summit in less than an hour from camp.
Great hike, we came from Green lakes area, up the ridge, went a bit right from the big crack (4-5 class). Some snow on the route but not anywhere near enough to necessitate snowgear. Really fun...
The Green Lakes Trail is now one of my favs, beautiful hike along the creek
Glad we didn't bring a rope. Climbed straight up from the crack on the summit block on a exposed 5.2? section instead of catwalk. Would recommend to all. If you aint scared of heights that is
Back again, left at 4:20 and made it up before 8. Enjoyed the summit for a while. Views were clear, Could see Adams to McGloughlin.
Not a single mosquito! Got a late start (9:00) but was surprised when we made it at our liesurely pace up in 4:30. Faster than I remember.
Found a much nicer route on the summit block on our way down. Will definitely take it next time! Solid rock all the way up!
Great day out, hot, but fun...the rock was a lot more fun than people have described. Parts of the routes were a crumbly disaster, but a lot of it was fun scrambling, the traverse was great, the catwalk was a fun bit of exposure and the views from the top were amazing. I'd do it again. We went in via Green Lakes...the mosquitoes were voracious.
Long but enjoyable day starting from the Falls Creek TH. (Road 370 was gated). Still lots of snow on the trail up to Green Lakes. The crux turned out to be losing the route, ending up on the wrong side of the river and having to make a very hairy crossing to get back on track.
Went up to the saddle on the NW ridge directly from the south end of the first lake on firm scree or snow - unexpectedly pleasant and shorter than expected.
Roped up for the "dirty groove" on the ascent and rapped the "basalt corner" on the way down. Found the catwalk fine if a little sphincter tightening. Final few feet to the top no problem. No need for the rope except for that one short pitch.
About 12 hours round trip for us old guys. Stunning, clear weather after getting up to ice on the tents that morning.
Great class 3 scramble up Northwest ridge. Looking down into the mouth is quite an experience. Must have been quite a sight to see that thing go. Great, great, great scree for about 2000 ft along the west face made the night time descent a little easier with no headlamp.
Another trip up BT from the BT trailhead. Cold clear morning. North side of summit block is unapproachable due to lots of icy snow, but the south side was snow free. Always a great scramble.
First time on the summit, nice easy mountain with its long flat approach and pedestrian scramble up the side. Summit block was fun, I watched three groups all go up different routes over the course of the hour I spent hanging around topside. Tried out the high speed scree ski descent path in low top hikers, a little gravelly but a lot of fun.
Last mountain of the summer before I leave the Cascades for school :(. Took my dad and brother-in-law up.
Earlier in the year, I went with a friend up the wrong ridge to the false summit.