Traversed over from Gardner. Fairly obvious where you need to be on the traverse from Gardner to Point 8487. I messed up and went left twice around gendarmes from 8487 to N. Gardner though. Go over the first one and slightly right on the second. Avoid the left, like I didn't. :-) By the way, how can this mountain, connected to Gardner by a ridge, not be in the Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness? Who decided that?
Summited both on day 1 due to weather concerns. Camped and went out by day 2. Be sure to scramble on the right side of the ridge when it becomes more scrambly. The trail will try to dump you into harder terrain. We ended up doing class 3, but could be done as a class 2.
Long drive and late start. Camped near South Fork trail junction. No one above tree line.
For a reason that made sense at the time, I decided to climb this mountain in running shoes. That was a bad start. Add to that a late season heat wave, very little water, slicing my hands on sharp rocks on the ridge (blood everywhere), and the broken yellow jacket nest along the trail. The result was an unnecessarily painfully two day tagging of North Gardner.
On the other hand, the weather and the views were top notch (heat wave not withstanding).
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.
Traversed from Gardner, then boot-skied the scree back to above Gardner Meadows and out Wolf Creek. Being northeast of most of the major peaks, North Gardner has a great view. Trip report.
climbed with Fletcher Jordan and Heather Anderson in the morning from Gardner Meadows before going to Gardner. Cramponing up pt 8487 was fun and the scrambling along the ridge was easier than I expected. Great viewpoint of the area.
First ascent!... of 2015. I do think I probably did bag a first, that of skiing the heck outta the basin below the ridge into Gardner Meadows… because who else would be crazy enuf to fight their way up that long Wolf Creek valley with skis, frequently having to carry them through snowless sections of lower trail. I musta put on and taken off those damn things a hundred times. But it was worth it, snow up high was perfect.
Those ledges shown in Gimpilator’s image labled “The Crux” were quite challenging buried in several feet of snow.
Does anyone else find it odd that with the Gardner mountains, the higher summit is called North, while the lower summit gets the general “Gardner” designation? Seems like it should be “Gardner” for the highest point, and perhaps “East Gardner” for the lower summit. Just sayin’.
Came in via Cedar Creek - fairly straightforward scramble.
made the slog up Wolf Creek and summited both Gardner and N Gardner (and the hump between them) all in the same day.
Completed the Gardner traverse starting from the lake at the head of Wolf Creek @ 6970.
Made it up to the 8400' saddle a few years previous and hiking buddy didn't want to go on. This time I claimed both Gardners like I knew I would. Met Brett and JB and climbed with them when they caught up with me at the basin in the morning.
I started with a trail head bivy at Cedar Creek, bushwhacked to the lake and finished the day with two summits. I used a rocky gully above the lake to avoid some of the scree. I hit camp just before I needed a lamp. It was about 3 and a half hours back to the car the next morning. Safe to say, it was much shorter than the Wolf Creek route and the basin around the lake was gorgeous.
Gimpilator and I summited North Gardner Mountain, and then Gardner Mountain during the same outing. We briefly attempted the semi-popular "Gardner Traverse" connecting the two peaks, but the mixture of bad snow conditions and loose scree caused some concern. Instead, we descended from the saddle to ~7400' elevation, side-traversed east along Gardner Mountain's south slopes, and ascended via a central gully. It was a great weekend, with great views and a great mountaineering partner. With extra hiking included, we did nearly 30 miles of hiking with over 9000' of vertical gain in less than two days. For me, it was Washington County Highpoint #21 (out of 39).
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.
Route under deep snow, but was melting out fast, which resulted in a lot of post-holing on the way down.
A fun climb, we camped just below treeline above the meadows to avoid bugs.
We needed more snow and less running water. Nonetheless, we made the summit.
Great climb with a great partner, Dean. Perfect weather. It is a long, long, long hike back to the trailhead after climbing Gardner and North Gardner.
It was 85 degrees on the summit when fellow SP'er
Dennis Poulin and myself summitted this bad boy.
Why bad boy? This peak is not a walk in the park due to the distance from the TH and if you hit hot weather like we did, it made our effort somewhat grueling but yet what a magnificient viewpoint. (take plenty of water)
The trail in is one long boring hike but we had a pleasant camp spot in Gardner Meadows. Saw no one else for the time we were there and the summit register indicated we were the 6th party this year but the surprising thing was that most years only two or three parties ascended No. Gardner. The cylindrical mountaineer register had a log book that dated back to 1984. It is buried deep in the summit cairn to protect it. So you'll have to look for it a bit.
We ascended to the Gardner ridge where Gardner peak is and then had to work our way down to the No. Gardner ridge. Lots of nasty scree and gendarmes to work your way around. This consumed more time than I'd like to admit.
Round trip: 28 miles in two days.