What a great climb. Del Campo offers fantastic Cascadian views, yet still demands respect for the upper class 3 scramble to the summit. Excellent stable rock and holds assure a safe trip with patience. Several very likely difficult dtream crossing in the early season, but nothing serious during this low snow year.
It was an awesome hike. I went with a group of people; we decided that Del Campo would be a good training hike for Rainier. When we finally cleared the streams and broke into the sub alpine stuff we cut the trail short and headed straight up towards the peak. It was a good slog up 45 to 50 degree slopes in snow. We got to the base of the mountain and started our climb up to the top. It was great, there’s a good amount of exposure, but its not really dangerous. It was a lot of fun with all of the snow on most of the upper trail.
After topping out on North Early Winter Spire the previous day, my wife and I were looking for something more "aerobic" to do as a day climb. Del Campo came to mind with its respectable elevation gain and reasonable round trip distance. We paid a visit to Gothic Basin the previous year but due to a late start from TH did not make a summit attempt. This time we started earlier. Gothic Basin and Foggy Lake in particular are spectacular! Would've been a great place to overnight (though hauling the bivy gear up the steep trail from Barlow Pass would be painful). The summit scramble (class 3) looked steep enough that we decided not to "drag" our dog with us - we topped out in the notch and tied the dog there while we made the summit. The summit register is missing a writing instrument which we did not have with us to leave behind.
Wonderful group camping trip and scramble with the McDuff clan and brother Reese. Trail to basin damp, but fine. Beautiful camp and swims at Foggy lake on day 1. Scramble with kids and dogs on day 2. All managed 30m traverse across permanent snow field, but class 3 gully was too much for one climber and one dog. Generally solid rock and great views. Another attempt in late June, 2001, was much rougher -- featuring tough route finding and snow traverses in the mile leading up to the basin and pitching tent on rare snowfree ground in thunderstorm.
Beautiful late season (Columbus Day) scramble. Camped just below Barlow Pass. Trail to Foggy Lake muddy in spots. Compass, map and guidebook helped me determine which peak was Del Campo. 45 minutes up from Foggy Lake to summit. Ideal conditions. With binoculars could see all major peaks from Baker to Adams. Great way to end my climbing season.