From a camp in Gardner Meadows. The slope above that camp leads easily to the summit plateau, making for an ideal ski trip. Although the long approach up Wolf Creek detracts from the "ideal" rating a bit, lots of ski carrying to get there.
This was my first peak, we hiked up from the south and bounced between snow and scree. Pretty straight forward. The views were amazing.
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Part of a weekend scramble of Abernathy, Gardner and North Gardner
Both of these mountains were a piece of work. North Gardner was more enjoyable than its counterpart. The approach in is long, hot, and boring. The valley you approach in is aligned perfectly west to east so the sun literally follows you as you hike up. Good thing there are lots of places to replenish water. Must have gone through at least 5 liters on the approach. The last mile of the approach is very pretty and makes the approach feel more worth it. North Gardner took longer than expect for some reason. It has pretty ice views and the scramble isn't too bad. You can make it harder if you want. The "traverse" was awful. Ended up just descending way down at eventually found a sketchy gully that brought us onto the massive choss/scree slopes on the south facing side of the mountain. It was awful. One step up, two steps down. On the positive side, the way down was really fast and we got back to camp in no time. The hike out was the worst part. It was hot and boring and would not end. Feet were miserable too. Got more on these than expected.
Hiked in on a Friday to find I had the meadows to myself. Not sure how on a holiday weekend when this was one of the few places that escaped the wildfire haze. Bugged by deer at camp all night long. Headed up standard route. So tedious. Slidey scree all the way. Traversed over to North Gardner afterwards.
Summited both on day 1 due to weather concerns. Camped and went out by day 2.
John, Josh and I hiked up Wolf Creek, set up camp then went straight up the south slopes of Gardner Mountain which was fairly loose in places. The wind was howling since a storm was brewing (the same storm that thwarted us from heading to Mount Waddington). John headed back to the meadow while Josh and I ran the traverse to North Gardner. After quickly nabbing the summit of North, we were being engulfed by clouds and saw it was raining on Silver Star. Luckily it never rained on us but as we hiked back over Point 8,487, it was 50 MPH winds! I was chilly without pants and gloves but we got into the scree basin and it quickly eased up. Reached the tent where John was waiting at 9pm. Hiked out the next day.
Introduction to the Cascades for summer 2015. Came up Wolf Creek, which was okay, and part of the E/ESE ridge, which kind of sucked. Trip report.
A beautiful spring ascent with Fletcher Jordan and Heather Anderson. We had climbed North Gardner earlier in the morning and had to head down around noon to avoid thunderstorms. The glissade back to camp made it the fastest descent in recent memory.
I use the term 'dandy' quite loosely, almost as loose as all the scree. But the views are fantastic. The ridge to No. Gardner was calling my name but not the names of anyone else in our party, so I guess I'll save that for another day.
With no info or route beta, we headed up the biggest looking peak in the area. Ended up turning around at a nearby summit which had a summit register with only 2 entries, once in 38 and one in 46, cool! lots of bears in the valley too.
Hiked the long approach into Gardner Meadows. First backpack trip of the year. Jump off a log at about 7 miles in and stress fractured the outside of my right foot. Made it into camp. My two buddies were too tired for a summit the next day and we had to leave the next day. I got up real early, and with my fractured foot climbed up Gardner. Lot of pain, but the glissade ride back was great. Made it from summit to camp in under an hour. Got back just in time for breakfast. Don't underestimate this trip if you are not in good shape or if you plan on doing it without spending two nights.
made the slog up Wolf Creek and climbed both Gardner and North Gardner (and the knob in between). exhausting day, but well worth it.
Saw a bunch of goats completing the traverse on a beautiful summer a day a few years back. Started the hike at the lake at the head of Wolf Creek.
traversed down and around from North Gardner.
Glad to see this one on the board, it is a separate peak. I was dreading that fact from the summit of North Gardner. With the sun low in the sky, I was thankful to see the first trail since Cedar Creek connecting the two peaks. Lots of goat hair, but no visual. The new Mazama Store rounded out the trip in style, only 5 miles from the trail head.
Dennis and I went up to within 100 vertical feet of the summit of this one and we sat down and had a snack. He decided to go on up to Gardner's summit and I was more concerned with getting some pics of him while he was doing it. When he came back down we continued on and did the traverse over to No. Gardner, which was our main objective. I was doing county highpoints in those days and so my laziness in not doing those last 100 feet is now being regretted by myself. Oh well....
You know how you always forget at least one piece of gear? I forgot my sleeping bag. Two nights I slept wearing all my layers. Actually it wasn't that bad. Gardner and North Gardner were pretty good. My climbing partners good attitude and outlandish jokes made it a great trip.
Gimpilator and I summited North Gardner Mountain, and then planned to summit Gardner Mountain via the Gardner Traverse. That particular ridge was half-snow, half-scree, and looked more dangerous than it might be later during Summer. We opted to down-climb from the saddle near Point 8487, side-traverse along the southern slopes of Gardner Mountain at ~7400' elevation, and then ascend the middle southern gully of the peak to the eastern summit ridge and easily hike to the summit. The snow in the open areas (gullies/couloirs) really helped the ascent, and avalanche danger had already passed. However, the scree slopes definitely made our descent faster. We were glad to follow mostly snow going up, and mostly scree going down, for possibly the easiest traverse for the mountain. No scrambling was required for this ascent/descent route of Gardner Mountain, and no ice axe was needed either, as the snow was soft from sun exposure.