The route to the former lookout site is very good and well-traveled. The route from there is sketchy. I encountered hard-pack snow on the north side, steep/loose gullies and slopes, and vampire fog near the summit. It was a lot of effort for only several hundred feet of gain. Due to the fog, no views and I did not stick around with hopes that the weather would clear up (which it did, 30 minutes later).
Only had time to make it to old lookout site, but the views were super pretty up there, and was plenty happy with just that, for a warmup hike for later climbs
The gully we took was down-sloping with some loose rock and exposure. Had to be very careful
Hiked and scrambled this today. Road up is in great condition. No bugs to speak of. Only one patch of snow past the meadows and very little mud. Followed a GPS track from a peak bagger and it worked fine. A few places with exposure and some of the areas had some moss but overall very good. Nice day to be out.
Easy trail to the alpine. Rewarding scramble to the true summit.
From the old lookout site I followed the faint climber's trail up to the top, bits of class 3 and exposure throughout. On the south side there are cairns to guide you up. The most exposed spots were on the last bit of the trail where it crosses back to the north side of the ridge. Not terribly sketchy or confusing overall if you make effort to stay on the trail.
Absolutely perfect day with bluebird skies! Not having researched any routes, I didn't see a good way through the cliffs to the true summit but not the end of the world.
Didn't tag the summit, but it's a nice trail to a great view from the old lookout site.
a highlight of a trip to b-ham
Nice hike with interesting finish
Headed up to the Baker area for a nice day of goofing off near Artist Point; made a last minute decision to climb Church. Easily reached the lookout point but didn't have time for the scramble to the true summit, so I bagged east Church instead. Steep and loose in places on the way up, but there's a super easy to follow bootpath all the way up. The bootpath is so well worn that I get the impression people mistake this for the true highpoint. Gorgeous views for 360 degrees; Kidney Lakes were frozen already.
The scramble isn't nearly as gnarly as I've been led to believe, I'll be back next year to finish this.
Pretty exciting summit scramble.
Made an effort on the peak early - started hiking at 7:15am, got to fire lookout 3 hrs later. Snow was deemed just sketchy enough not to traverse to saddle - enough to cover rocks with wet, thick melting layer, not enough to hold weights, etc. Turned back - fun first N Cascades hike - scenic (bluebird day, 70deg F)
Went straight up the snow slopes with no map or beta. Ended up about 100 feet shy of the true summit. Turned around due to time, although looking back I now wish I would have taken the extra hour!
Climbed the Church several times. It's fun to have a beer in Glacier and look up at the summit.
Fantastic hike! I went to the top of the hiking section and did not attempt the true summit. The views of Shuksan, Baker, et al were sublime, and the meadows were full of wildflowers.
easy hiking/scrambling. Did not go to the true summit, just the top of the hiking section This was the day after my ascent of shuksan, so comparably it was much more tame. Very enjoyable and the views were great. Weather was perfect.
Climbed 4 peaks this weekend and this was number 2 on the list. I stopped 100 feet short of the true summit. (((ATTENTION))) if you don't have rock climbing experience, DO NOT attempt the true summit. There is a lot of loose down-sloping rock and too much exposure. This is the last time I attempt a Dow Williams route page.
Initially I attempted the wrong gully to cross the ridge to the south side; it was beyond my abilities so I gave up and lay in the sun by Kidney Lake. Looking back up the mountain from this distance I immediately saw the correct route, and since it was early decided to go for it. The wrong route plus the descent to the lake adds quite a few more hundred feet that I wasn’t expecting, but it was a great climb anyway.
Glad they fixed the road (although I still had to walk a mile of it).
Hiked with Travis. Snowy and foggy for July but an excellent climb nonetheless.