Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 12, 2016
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Summer

Oval Peak, Washington (August 12-14 2016)

It was such a fiasco to begin our trip!  Leaving Maple valley early about 5 A.M.  we headed out.  Our real destination for the weekend was to do Mt. Maude and Seven Finger Jack in the Entiat Mountains, part of the Glacier Peak Wilderness.  When we arrived at the trailhead, around 8:30, it was closed due to forest fires up in the valley. 

Trailhead for Mt. Maude, Seven Finger Jack
Here is where we were turned around by the trail closure for Seven Finger Jack.  You can see it in the background.

The rangers truck was there so we didn't chance it.  Leaving, we were trying to decide where else we could go.  After stopping in Leavenworth, we picked up a map and headed north for Oval peak in the Okanogan National Forest. We finally made the trailhead at 3:00 P.M. and began our journey.  The trail was an easy grade for about 4 miles.  Coming to the outlet of Duffy Lake, leaving the traill, we started our uphill ascent toward Duffy where we set up camp by 7 P.M. From the trail it was about a mile and around 1,400 ft. of elevation gain to finally reach the lake.  After clearing out from the trees, the view of Oval over Duffy was breathtaking!

Oval Peak over Duffy Lake
Coming to the lake, we get our first glimps of Oval Peak towering over Duffy Lake.

We set up camp here, and visited with our friend Jack Daniels before turning in for a good nights sleep.

Camp at Duffy Lake
It was nice and peaceful at camp, we had the area all to ourselves.

The next morning we headed up the ridgeline and had spectacular views! 

Glacier Peak
Looking West we had a nice shot of Glacier Peak. Our goal for next summer.
Duffy Lake from Ridge.
Looking back down towards the lake caught a nice sunbeam!

From the lake, climbing up the ridge to the peak was about 2 miles and 2,400 ft. The summit at 8,800 ft. was warm with a 360 degree view that was amazing!

North Cascades
The North Cascades are very rugged.
Duffy Lake from Oval Summit
Looking back down the ridge to Duffy Lake.

 

Oval Lakes
Looking across to Oval lakes from the summit of Oval Peak.

 

Oval Peak
The morning we left, had a nice reflection picture of Oval Peak in Duffy Lake.

 

It was hard to leave, to travel back home to MA, where you cannot find much solitude as this.

 

 

 

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