Oval Peak Climber's Log

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IsaacBeQuiet - Jan 6, 2023 10:59 am Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2022

Buttermilk Traverse  Sucess!

Final ascent of my traverse of Courtney, Buttermilk Butte and Oval via Buttermilk Ridge.
What appeared to be the first light snowfall of the season lightly dusted the mountains the night before. As beautiful as the snow was on the surrounding peaks, it made for a very slippery journey.


Damour - Dec 11, 2019 10:23 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2019

Too much talus  Sucess!

From W Fork Buttermilk, climbed Courtney from Fish Creek Pass, traversed over Buttermilk Ridge and up the S ridge of Oval, then dropped off the E ridge. Had planned to do Star as well, but bailed due to time. Fantastic views, but I got my fill of talus for a while.

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Jul 31, 2017 11:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2017

Up south, down east  Sucess!

With Jim. Weaved our way up the south ridge starting at 5 am. Interesting views with the haze from the wildfires. Decided to head down the east ridge and nice sandy gully back to the lake afterwards before hiking out.

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - May 24, 2016 2:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2015

East Ridge  Sucess!

Mostly a walk, we started at around 11:30 a.m. and still had extra time. I suppose I could have made a run for Courtney and Star.

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis - Oct 30, 2015 7:28 am Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2015

S ridge  Sucess!

boulder-y. warm. yellow.

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Jul 26, 2015 2:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2015

Via the east ridge  Sucess!

Nice half-day hike up Oval Peak. Amazing how little snow there is this year. The east ridge is a fun walk and the bushwhacking was not too bad.


BKW - Jun 9, 2014 10:16 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2014

Spring Fling  Sucess!

Early June wasn't early enough to avoid the boulder hopping. The east ridge was bare and blocky. This climb reinforced the old adage "for the best view climb the ugly mountain"; the view really was fantastic.


ScrambledLeggs - Oct 30, 2012 9:11 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2012

Wish Slam  Sucess!

Climbed Star Peak, Courtney Peak and Oval Peak in the same day, and bivied atop Oval. INTENSE sunset/sunrise with 2012's wildfires!


belowfellow - Oct 28, 2012 4:05 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2012

lots of snow  Sucess!

long approach to Oval Lakes in tedious snow, but great views


kevinsa - Sep 15, 2012 8:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010

Oval Peak  Sucess!

Easy scramble, simple routefinding, great views.


gimpilator - Jul 2, 2012 12:04 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2012

Star, Courtney, Oval  Sucess!

Ryan and I climbed Star and Courtney the first day, starting from the West Buttermilk trail. We camped near Star Lake and did Oval the next morning. 32 hours round-trip. Lots of talus.

Andy Dewey

Andy Dewey - Oct 31, 2008 1:32 am Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2008

Route Climbed: South Ridge  Sucess!

Climbed Star, Buttermilk & Oval from camp at Star Lake. Awesome!


ericnoel - Aug 11, 2008 2:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

Oval  Sucess!

We took the South Ridge up and then went back down the East Ridge. Nice views but more than enough talus and boulders for my taste.


theplugger - Jul 26, 2006 8:53 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2002

East Ridge  Sucess!

Just noticed I never signed this log for Oval Peak, one of my favorites because it's in our view from the kitchen window. The first time I climbed it with my husband, J, on September 14, 2002.
The next time I climbed it with my neighbor, Helen, on August 31,2004. You guys make it sound so easy, but for us gals (one with a breathing handicap, the other with fibromyalgia), this was a 14-hr "miraculous feat" of endurance, one of which we both remain quite proud. ;-)

dicey - Sep 4, 2005 1:47 pm

Route Climbed: via duffy lake Date Climbed: september 2003  Sucess!

only saw one other person on Labor Day weekend!?!

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Jul 18, 2005 1:32 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 16, 2005  Sucess!

Fun climb with Duane G. However, I discovered that cataracts make boulder hopping difficult since depth perception is greatly challenged when one of your eyes can't focus. I'm scheduled for cataract surgery on Aug. 1, so things should start getting better after that. Whatever you do, don't get old!!


Blakester - Feb 14, 2005 9:02 pm

Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: August '04  Sucess!

Fun walk-up, some bouldering along the way. Part of a day of Sawtooths high-pointing.

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