Just an amazing climb.
Went with 4 buddies to the summit of Gothic Peak via Barlow Pass. Very cool area - originally had a crappy forecast turned spitting a little rain, but clear enough skies. ***Of note: the large slabs of rock on the talus field below Gothic are unstable. My party wanted to look at the two spires next to Gothic and dropped below the peak to skirt around and asses. I had the biggest rock slide I've been a part of cut loose under my footing and injure one foot good enough to make the hike out a little perilous. I was doing everything right and still got caught in a bad situation - things change quickly in the mountains. P.s. - those spires will require rope and technical gear as our 5.10 guru could not manage his way up, FYI
Hiked the trail from Barlow Pass in thick cloud cover until just below Gothic Basin, where the weather improved drastically. Blue bird day from thereon. Followed the very well-worn trail from Foggy Lake up to the SE ridge of Gothic. Following the ridge proper involves a little bit of route-finding, so some parties may simply want to hike up the scree to the east of the ridge. Class III route with no real exposure was very evident from the base of the summit block. A very short climb to the beautiful summit. Great views of Mount Baker and Glacier Peak! Ran into at least 50 people over the course of the day... Gothic Basin is a very beautiful, popular destination!
Did this one as part of a long day hike of both Gothic Peak and Del Campo.
Fun to get views of and from both peaks in the same hike.
Basin was choked with campers who said we were crazy to do both peaks in one day from Barlow Pass. Gave one tired looking couple who straggled in late in the day a tip-off to the best campsite (its up on the ridge, and comes with its own pond for water, and has views to the West).
Bonus - saw a mountain goat lounging in the snow to beat the heat.
Unique and beautiful area
02/28/15- Camped just below the summit with Natasha. Had a beautiful sunrise on a low snow year. Took 7 mins to summit from camp
Great views! Rainier, Adams, Pilchuck, Three Fingers, Pugh, Adams, Del Campo, Glacier, Stuart, and Daniels were all visible! Make sure you aren't confused by the tarn before foggy lake. Alot of the campers in Gothic Basin told me the pond was Foggy Lake...I was disappointed until the following day on the way up to the summit block. What a surprise!
I climbed Gothic Peak as an add-on to a Gothic Basin hike... my first time in the North Cascades. It was an easy scramble on (mostly) excellent rock. If I ever get up there again, I'm gonna go up Del Campo.
Date is a wild guess. Scenic area.
Simple scramble to cap off a good hike.
Combined this one with Del Campo for a "2fer".
Spent a great night @ Foggy Lake then climbed Gothic the next morning. The scramble looked a lot longer and harder than it really was. Caught glimpses of Mt Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mt Rainier thru the clouds
The late snow this year made the approach easier. I used to think that the summit block would be a tough scramble but its not hard if you go to the south side.
Weather was in the upper 80's. Gothic Basin can get pretty warm. Made it to Foggy Lake. Decided to climb Gothic Peak instead of Del Campo. We only had enough time to do one or the other. Got some bunk directions at the lake that really messed us up. Made it to about 100' from the summit and searched for any signs of trail for about an hour. We finally went all the way to the left where the cliff is at, then turned right and scrambled up some pretty exposed boulders but ran out of time. We didnt want to commit to far up with our time...we still weren't convinced then that this was the route. Later found out that the way we were scrambling was the correct route. Bummer, we were so close. We are going to do an overnighter in 2010 and summit both Del Campo and Gothic...
at least it wasn't as wet as earlier in the day when we were atop Del Campo, but I still have to come here for the views I missed ;-]
What a better way than to spend the weekend?
Good choice! For some bad pictures but good map see http://www.willhiteweb.com/monte_cristo_range/del_campo/gothic_peak_090.htm
Overnight trip, camped by Foggy Lake. Sunday morning we awoke and gained the summit of Gothic, to views of rocky peaks, pines, and tarns veiled by fog.
Left Portland at 7:00am Friday, got to Barlow Pass parking lot at noon. Hiked up to Foggy Lake and spent the rest of the day scouting for a flat, dry spot for camp. Up early Saturday morning to shoot some sunrise pics then after breakfast scrambled Del Campo. Came back to camp for lunch then off to Gothic peak. Came back to camp for dinner and a few sunset pics. Bucked camp early Sunday morning and headed out. Big spaghetti feed at The Omega restaurant in Granite Falls (highly recommend). Back in Portland by early evening. The weather was cool & crisp at night and warm & sunny during the day. Gothic Basin is a really cool place to spend a few days exploring the surrounding peaks. I'll definitely be back to explore other routes. I love the rock slabs...It's like walking on sandpaper.
I love the upper part of this hike, the upper traverse past the waterfalls and then across the slabs to enter photogenic Gothic Basin.
I was up there once with a couple of other OSATers (Pete S and ?) when it was pouring rain, and we felt like salmon going upstream on the trail. Stood behind a rock at the lake out of the wind, and then hustled back down the creek.
A few years later I returned by myself to do the scramble on a beautiful day.
Fun climb, especially last bit to the summit. Awesome views! Climbed Del Campo as well.