Went to the saddle, climbed both peaks and took the face down from Summit Creek back to the trail. Pretty good scree travel. Lots of fun!
Good recovery hike day after climbing Brocky. Hiked trail to low pass then followed ridge back over Phi Kappa and higher Pt
Gorgeous day in the mountains; climbed with Mark Duffy
Nice hike in the always beautiful Pioneer Mountains.
"Hiked" this peak from the north face in August 2009, driving about 3 miles past the old mine along Phi Kappa Creek. Very green and scenic, no snow but massive amount of avalanch debris. Continued on over the top and down to Kane Creek and on up to Kane Lake then returning to the truck the same day. The views from the peak and from the eastern end of the ridge up the Kane Cr drainage and east toward the Lost River Range are special. This particular route was long and strenuous but a fantastic memory.
Climbed both with Mike Fox after abandoning an attempt on Cobb. This area was a very pleasant surprise. The hike was fairly easy and the scenery was amazing! Tons of avalanche debris and many avalanches still melting. It looked like a war zone in some places.
After having to abandon our first plans due to high waters we started this hike following the ridgeline abouve summit creek then taking it over Point 10,200 and over to Summit Creek Peaks then on to Phi Kappa Peak. Then down to the saddle and we had a nice trail all the way back to the car. fun day.
I drove 1.7 miles beyond Phi Kappa Mine to 8,900' in my Ford Explorer (easy-good road). Hiked straite up to the right (west) of the summit in light snow cover. Had lunch on top of Peak 10,585' and two Mountain Goats appeared right below me on the northeast ridge!
Took Trail Creek to the pass and then headed up the ridge to Phi Kappa and then over to Summit Creek. Great fall weather. Some patchy snow on the trail and ridge but nothing deep. Saw what seemed to be Mt. Lion tracks along the upper ridge.
Took Summit Creek Trail to the pass and then up Phi Kappa and along the ridge to Summit Creek Peak. Came straight down the face from Summit Creek Peak to the trail. The trail up to the pass has significant numbers of downed trees probably from avalanches that make for slow going at times.
A beautiful approach and a good idea to hike this one first if your thinking of trying the DBE... it may change your mind.
From Trail Creek Summit, followed Summit Creek to the base of the west face and climbed that to the summit. Followed the ridge north to Peak 10585 afterward. Peak 10585 is actually more impressive of a mountain than Phi Kappa.