Did both clark and Luahna as a day trip. Should have returned back over Clark rather than drop into thunder creek...
Lots of snow! Spent way too much time melting snow. Weather was perfect.
Nice scramble with great views of glacier peak and many others.
Very enjoyable scramble via the Boulder Creek/Shepard's Path route. Very little snow, never had to use the ice axe, but plenty of water available at all levels on the route. Here's a few lat/longs for those who appreciate such things (may be helpful in low visibility):
- Start of 'Shepard's Path' - N48 02.050 W120 56.074
- Best camp (IMHO) 5900' - N48 01.982 W120 56.841
- Start of path to notch (6800') - N48 02.275 W120 57.374
- Notch (you MUST cross here - 7300') - N48 02.378 W120 57.454
- Bottom of notch gully (7100') - N48 02.429 W120 57.490
This mountaineer climb was led by Bill Ashby. Hit the White River TH around 9am. No Bugs to our surprise. The river was a very long, flat approach for which I wish I had brought comfy approach shoes. Boulder Pass had good snow camping, but we elected to camp in the basin closer to the glacier to avoid a scramble in the dark. No one else was on the short glacier route, but we elected for an alpine start. Beautiful conditions with perfect views of Glacier Peak. Pictures (some beta): http://www.flickr.com/photos/bogusz/sets/72157634650848595/
We ascended the Boulder Creek / Shepherds Trail route and came down the Walrus Glacier route. The glacier was more broken up than we expected necessitating jumping several crevasses and climbing into and out of one of them. Bugs are bad in this area, beware.
We climbed up Clark from the White River TH, but took the scramble route that bypasses the glacier section. The weather was great, but that whole area of the state is pretty socked in with smoke right now, and visibility wasn't great. The gully that you have to ascend/descend on the route isn't a whole lot of fun, but it goes pretty quickly.
During a longish solo trek over the Dakobeds, I ascended from the Napeequa, over the Pilz Glacier, eventually setting a camp south side of Luahna. Climbed Luanha and Clark out of that camp. Clark actually provided a half-pitch of class 4 on it's west face. Saw a zoo's worth of goats in area, including seeing them climbing on that class 4 rock.
Exited area straight down from Luahna to the Thunder Creek way trail. If anyone else ever tries that descent route, **stay west** when you get lower, use the burn to descend... center of basin becomes thick brush on steep cliffs, very difficult and dangerous.
July 2009, great climb
A beautiful area that's empty after you get off the rerouted PCT. Easy climbing and a lot of reward, even if the summit is cloudy like the 3 days I was there. Glad to see some snow still on the route.
A long (and buggy) approach but a great glacier climb.