On the way to Black Mountain on the 'Painted Traverse'.
A carryover peak in the first half of the Painted Traverse
I climbed Portal as a side trip during my thru hike.
Did this along with Glacier Peak and White Mountain.
Climbed with my brother, a friend and those two guys below. We originally planned on doing more, but I was "too full for dessert" and such. Wonderful views. Look for my drawing in the register. We were right behind some other climbing celebrities.
Our four-person mountaineering team summited Glacier Peak the previous day. We encountered a friend of ours near White Pass that evening, and decided to summit nearby White Mountain and Portal Peak the following day. Portal Peak offers great views of Glacier Peak, the Monte Cristo group, Painted Mountain, Black Mountain, and White Mountain. Highly recommended!
If you've huffed it all the way up to White Pass for Glacier Peak, you might as well tag White and Portal too. It's only a little more gain and the views from the top make it worth it. Plus the ledges are fun.