Broken Top Climber's Log

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RetroGear - Sep 17, 2011 12:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2011

NW Ridge  Sucess!

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.


jaxcharlie - Jun 1, 2011 2:50 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2010

Unexpected Pleasure

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!


OOG - Jan 27, 2011 11:47 pm

Green lakes

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.


iquest4it - Dec 25, 2010 2:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2002

Scree slog from hell  Sucess!

This was a nice day hike, but the scree is nasty. I'd much rather do this one in the winter and ski down.


kraymes - Jul 2, 2010 2:39 pm Date Climbed: Oct 9, 1990

South Face Gully  Sucess!

Let's just call this Class 4 and be done with it. Hard to understand the YDS ratings between 5.1 and 5.3.

jcking2447 - Dec 6, 2009 10:48 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2009

Awesome adventure!  Sucess!

Great hike in, scrambled up the NW ridge and scree skied down! so much fun!


alpinedon - Nov 22, 2009 4:17 pm

1st-3rd times  Sucess!

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.


JGHarrison - Oct 13, 2009 1:11 pm Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2009

NW Ridge  Sucess!

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


rmick25 - Sep 4, 2009 3:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2009

NW Ridge from Green Lakes TH  Sucess!

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


Pallando - Aug 22, 2009 5:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2009

NW Ridge from Green Lakes TH  Sucess!

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.


Pallando - Aug 8, 2009 11:20 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009

NW Ridge from Green Lakes TH  Sucess!

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!


amochka - Jul 28, 2009 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

More fun than expected  Sucess!

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.

vancouver islander

vancouver islander - Jul 8, 2009 12:23 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2009

NW Ridge  Sucess!

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 day.

Trevin Ziegler

Trevin Ziegler - Jun 12, 2009 7:45 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2006

Route Climbed: NW Ridge via Todd Lake TH  Sucess!

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.

Karl Helser

Karl Helser - Oct 21, 2008 8:27 am Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2008

Third Trip '08  Sucess!

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.


calebEOC - Sep 27, 2008 6:33 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2008

Second time on Mountain  Sucess!

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.


Pallando - Sep 18, 2008 1:16 am Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2008

NW Ridge  Sucess!

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.


mountaingazelle - Sep 8, 2008 5:04 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2008

Northwest Ridge  Sucess!

Approached the mountain from Green Lakes and went up the northwest ridge. The rock was broken and loose but not as bad as I thought it would be. The scramble up to the summit was fun. Great view of the Sisters on a nice sunny day.


crnhlio - Sep 2, 2008 10:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2004

Northwest Ridge  Sucess!

Me and Cameron again. Last Mtn we ever took liquor up. Got a little carried away at the top and worried we might not make it down. Stupid kids.


bc44caesar - Aug 26, 2008 7:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2008

Northwest Ridge  Sucess!

Nice hike in to Green Lakes, and a fun jaunt to the summit in great weather. A little loose at the top, but a pretty easy scramble overall.

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