I first climbed over Crater on the way to climb Jack Mountain. On this trip I came back with non-climbing friends, since all the climbers in our earlier party thought this was easy enough for our "honeys" to hike.
4h30m to summit. 8h50m car to car.
Straightforward Class 3 with a bit of exposure.
Fun alternative hike after bailing on more serious peak-bagging. A pretty impressive lookout site with a great view of Jack and Hozomeen. Trip report.
A good solo trip, 3h 45m up, 2h 30m down. I saw a Ptarmigan!
I should have done this as a day hike. the blow down and melting snow don't make for the best setting to spend an overnight. Views are awesome, lots of old rusted mining equipment.
With rain in the forecast for this area the past two weeks, I took advantage of the one day that said, on NOAA's weather service, "Mostly Sunny" to climb Crater Mountain as a day hike. It was great - not a single soul did I encounter on the entire path from the trail head to the summit. No one was camped at the lake, and I did a quick jaunt into McMillan Park before the approach. The blueberries right now as delicious and a great treat for both the 2300' ascent and descent from the lake to the summit. Amazing views all around, and I have no idea why some pictures talk about the Class 3 scramble being difficult - anyone was decent rock and route finding abilities can do it in no sweat. There are cairns and yellow paint on the rocks to easily guide you.
Alexei and I did a trailhead bivy the night before. This has got to be one of the better peaks in this area. And there's definitely no better view of Jack Mountain. The scramble was an easy 3 and very enjoyable. I'll probably be back some day.
Nice view, one of my first N.Cascade summits.
Trail most of the way with a small section of some class three as you near the summit. The scramble section had been marked with yellow spray paint in spots. Nice view of Jack. Did not get much of a view of the Jerry lakes because of low visibility.
Climbed Crater after being turned back on Jack because of too much unconsolidated snow.
Five of us successfully scrambled Crater as a day trip. Saw only one person at the lake (which is really more like a tarn these days). USFS is rebuilding the bridge near the old (collapsing) guard station, but there is a really great log to cross in the mean time. The rest of the trail is in remarkably good condition.
Awesome views of all the high, glaciated peaks of North Cascades. A couple of hundred feet of exposed class 3/4 climbing to get to the broad, grassy summit. Did roundtrip of 6,000+ ft in 8 to 10 hours. Great perspective of Jack mountain.
Camped at the waterfall just south of Crater lake, no other parties there, however, there were a couple other partes at the lake. Not a soul on the approach to the summit block and spotted several people coming up over the glacier.