1st 1/4-mile is a road to a very mild stream crossing (depending upon time of year it could get somewhat spicier).
After stream crossing another 1/2-mile before the fun begins. It gets Mailbox steep, occasionally steeper, with some routefinding and bushwhacking necessary.
Once out of the trees the route is fairly apparent until the base of the scramble. We scrambled up the boulder field toward the couloir about 100-200 vertical feet. Then up and to the right is the less-exposed option, which wraps around to a ledge on the north ridgeline. Several routes to the ledge present themselves as this route has seen some traffic.
The descent felt pretty brutal for several in our party; on my part my knees and quads felt pretty well worked by the time we reached the cars.
No snow today though we came prepared for it. It was an incredibly nice autumn day with views of Baker, Glacier, and Rainier, as well as up-close-and-personal views of Baring et al.
The information on this site was so accurate that very little route finding was required. Just when I was thinking it was too easy, I pulled myself up a minor rock step and bashed my head into an unseen overhanging rock, cutting it. I was off route for the first time of the day. This was near the top of the ferny/aldery section. Good times. A beautiful view.
I always hate the beginning part through the trees. Trail isn't always easy to follow in the gully but once you get below the peak the climbing is fun.
This is going on my list of top fall climbs. Gunn, while very rugged and rocky looking from below, has some gorgeous meadows near the TailGunner ridge and below the talus basin. Views of Baring, Merchant and Peak 5760 are stunning from the basin, specifically this time of year when the colors are turning. The infamous catwalk was nicely exposed right in the middle but in good condition not too scary.
Having attempted a traverse of Merchant-Wing-Gunn the previous year, and not having time to get Gunn, and then royally messing up the descent, this time felt like a breeze. This time knowing a bit more about the route and terrain, knocked if off in a casual 7 hours RT.
With good conditions, a fun and moderate winter climb. It is key to find and stay on the approach trail.
Second time up in a week. First time my dog cliffed out and I had to turn around. This time I made it up to Tailgunner after a late start and a necessary early return. I'll try to summit Gunn if we get an Indian summer this year. I moved to Monroe recently and look out my window at the Wild Sky peaks. I was very excited to find Redwic's route page and maps. Love this hike! Never a dull moment and the ridge is incredibly beautiful. Trailhead is nearby too.
Very interesting and complex climb. There was almost never a dull moment. The most challenging part proved to be the open basin. The remaining snow fields made the path impossible to follow. The result was a lot of getting personal with slide alder and wet rock cliff bands. Great views from the upper mountain.
I, like many others, found this to be a fun peak to climb. I think the fun is a result of an interesting climber's trail (tremendous job whoever scouted that route), and an interesting peak, with the hidden ramp, the keyhole notch from south side to north side, and the north side skinny ledge just beyond the notch. There is almost no bushwacking if you follow the information on how to get to the climber's trail. One warning: after crossing the first log jam over the first segment of Barclay creek, it can be tempting to immediately cross the second, smaller segment of Barclay creek. There is even a flagged trail if you go this way, but the trail fades out. Don't go this way. Instead, immediately after the first log jam, turn left and follow along the south shore of the smaller branch of Barclay Creek for 50 yards, as indicated on Paul Klenke's sketch. This way keeps you on a flagged trail all the way to the start of the climber's trail.
I could not find a summit register on Gunn, but there is one on TailGunner.
Interesting route and nobody else around.
Almost a year after seeing this peak from Baring, I finally summited with gimpilator and friends. For such an imposing peak the route is surprisingly simple, with only one class four section. Also climbed Tailgunner and Point 5760+ on the way out. Definitely an area to return to.
The upper portion of the mountain is open and very complex with cliffs, slabs, talus and tarns. There are a number of sub-summits and it is fun to explore some of these. I swam in a small tarn and one of our party spotted bear and ptarmigan.
Video by Bryan:
Really cool area - would love to come back for an overnight - perhaps check out the lake and "Gunnshy".
What could be better than a lecture on Forest Hydrology by Dr. Woolridge? That's easy. Playing hooky and going all the up Gunn Peak on a cold clear day with Ron Sheadel, that's what. This, after being turned back in an earlier attempt with my two brothers. Chalk that failure up to route finding issues due to murky weather. Fabulous trip, highly recommend it.
A little work navigating the lower portion. Once on the route though, this is a good climb. Nobody else on the mountain. Best climb in the area I think.
Pack more food! Solo trip.
Andy and I will likely be the last ones to summit Gunn Peak this year, at least with optimum conditions, as several days prior to our trek there was a light dusting of snow and ice that still lingered at several key sections of the route. The "Indian Summer" allowed for safe passage, but one more storm system will make certain sections hazardous. Even with this being Andy's second successful summit of Gunn Peak, there were still some minor route-finding issues on the ascent (mostly in the large meadow gully). There were no route-finding issues on the descent, which was clearly easy to follow. Probably my favorite summit of 2010, and one of my favorite summits all-time.
Isn't the third the one that gives us the right to climb Gunn? Whatever, we did it. Great day, great company. Take Klenke's sketch map of the start area by Barclay Creek. It is helpful for getting to the foot of the climber's trail. P2k #42
I had been lead to believe that was a nasty bushwhack and a real grunt but actually there is a serviceable, though unpleasant, trail leading most of the way up. The upper basin is fairly scenic above 5000 feet. The route really threads a needle up the peak through several cliffy areas.
Conditions altered the route so we had to find a way up through the cliff bands on the summit block. A bit sketchy.