China Cap Climber's Log

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Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Aug 7, 2017 3:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011

Start of the trip  Sucess!

Still another disappearing summitlog. Why bother entering these if they get deleted by the ghosts in the coding?

After driving out and seeing a bobcat on the road to the TH at night, Flanders and I hiked up this one in the morning. Then cross-country scrambled over to Burger Butte on a fun granite ridge.


calebEOC - Dec 27, 2014 2:30 pm Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2014

Last Wallowas hike of the year  Sucess!

With Troy B, a fairly quick hike up from Buck Creek TH to the saddle with Burger Butte, then climbed the south ridge. Fortunately no hunters at the campground, and none up the trail. Summit was shrouded in clouds so views were minimal. We traversed the ridge to Burger Butte and got caught in a downpour just as we reached the summit of that mountain. A long wet hike out in constant rain.

Paul McClellan

Paul McClellan - Aug 15, 2013 2:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2013

Buck Creek TH  Sucess!

Hike the trail and scrambled the west Ridge after hiking Granite Butte from Buck Creek TH over Burger and Sand Passes and back. This was my first time in the southern Wallowas since 1972 and I was very impressed with the possibilities in the area.


Flanders - Sep 19, 2011 10:05 am Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011

Lots of Ladybugs  Sucess!

Fun "scramble" to the top after over-shooting the initial ridge up.

Swithich - Jul 14, 2010 12:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2010

A little scramble.  Sucess!

Sunny and windy on top. Surprised not to find a register of any kind (or benchmark for that matter). Climbed via the ridge, but cut up the slope at the granite slide about a quarter-mile before the pass (we stayed between the granite slide and the small stream on the left). Stay left of the cliffs on the SE side, there is a class 3-4 scrambling route just to the left of the ridgeline. We followed this to the summit.

First time in the Wallowas and I have to say, they don't disappoint. If you think the Cascades are amazing you'll love the Wallowas.

Troy B

Troy B - Jun 26, 2010 5:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2010

Early Summer On China Cap  Sucess!

Walked up the south ridge from Burger Pass. Amazing early season view of the Wallowas.


nickkarl - Oct 26, 2008 7:19 pm Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2008

Trail to ridge  Sucess!

Nice climb with a great view. Got to love the Eagle Cap's!


idahomtnhigh - May 12, 2007 11:57 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2006

Back to China Cap  Sucess!

Every August we have our family Reuion in High Valley, just outside Union. This year my cousin want to do a little climbing. We got up early and headed for Buck Creek TH. Great trip, the views from the top were not the best because of fires in the area. Still had a lot of fun.
6/2/1995 West Ridge
8/5/2006 West Ridge


stolenj - Dec 6, 2005 2:07 pm

Route Climbed: Trail to Scramble NW Ridge Date Climbed: June 1999  Sucess!

Mid-June climb, a pair in the party brought snowboards and after topping out in the early afternoon for lunch found a swath of snow on the northwest ridge where we dug a jumper and watched them carve up the slope. Easy hike with good weather and hiking conditions.


rpc - Sep 14, 2004 5:23 pm

Route Climbed: BP Trail/ NW Ridge Date Climbed: September 12, 2004  Sucess!

An unplanned detour after not being able to complete our initial plan. Friday 5pm after work drove out to Sawtooths in ID and with the loss of 1h (zone change) got to TH at 5am (that last 5 miles of unmaintained FS road DO take about 45 minutes). Slept till 8am and started our approach hike to Finger of Fate at 8:30am. Got to base at 11:45am only to find a party gearing up. It took them until 1:30 for both to get up the (rel. easy) P1. We started behind them but bailed at about 3pm as the 2nd was still working on's a 7 or 8 pitch route with crux at the top = no chance of making it in summit.

Hit the wallowas on the drive back on Sunday . Kind of pissed with ourselves (should've not slept at TH at all) about missing what was possibly the last opportunity of the season to nail an alpine route. Oh well, next year.

China Cap was a 4h car-to-car hike at a very casual pace. Approach trail is kind of boring and initially ugly crossing much clearcuts.............what's the deal with leaving 3 mature trees per acre of clearcut that the Bush forest fire prevention plan at work = "thinning" out the woods?

"Anyone but Bush in '04"

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