Picked the day with 45mph gusts and blowing dust/smoke and zilch for visibility from the top, but on the plus side, we did see about ten goats (one from only yards away bounding up to the trail!) and a small bear waddling down the road on the drive out! The road to the trailhead is quite rough in spots and very steep toward the end so we parked the Subaru right below the sign saying "Twin Lakes TH 1/2 mile" and started from there. Tracker estimated us at 13.5ish miles. Good day and good trail despite the conditions!
These peaks are just infested with mountain goats. If you wanna see some goats, walk around on Elkhorn Ridge. I must've seen at least 50 goats today. Mountain goats are, I think, some of the most judgmental of all wildlife; effortlessly bounding from perch to perch on the cliff edge and then turning to watch you as you awkwardly pick your way up the scree. You know they're judging you.
Anyways, Twin Lakes to Rock Creek Butte. Wonderful day, but windy!
There was bad weather for weeks in WA so Heather and I drove through OR, CA, NV, UT, and ID. We climbed 37 peaks in 19 days and Rock Creek Butte was the last one. There were some thunderstorms here and there while we were hiking but thankfully none of them hit us. We saw a lot of goat fur on bushes near the summit. trip report
Pete, Kyle and I climbed Elkhorn Peak (see 'Good start'), then took the trail over to Rock Creek Butte. We left the trail at 1400 (summited Elkhorn at 1215) and reached the summit at 1505. T-storms came in quick and furious as we started to descend. The hail was as big as a quarter ... and hard when you received a head shot ... and the thunder was terrifying with a long way to go for safety. Obviously we survived to reach the car at 1830.
Via Twin Lakes. We climbed Elkhorn Peak first and then on to Rock Creek Butte.
Woke up early and drove 8 hours to Twin Lakes TH. It was raining pretty good but I did just drive 8 hours, so I headed up. It is a beautiful trail and every once and a while the clouds would part and I saw a beautiful valley down below. I hit snow just below twin lakes and was post holing to my knees by the summit. I had no view from the top due to blizzard like conditions. For some reason I had a wonderful time. I was completely alone with exception to the mountain goats and deer. Very peaceful climb.
The hiking route was fairly straightforward. The off-trail section of the southwest ridge took me nearly 30 minutes, which seemed odd because distance-wise it did not look that far. MANY mountain goats down near Twin Lakes. The summit views were not as great as I had hoped due to a couple of nearby ridges also being high-elevation. The summit cairn is MASSIVE. OR CoGPP 32/36
Went on a nice roadtrip to chase the weather and ended up camping at twin lakes and climbing this beast along with several other no namers in the area. great little scramble, we stayed off the trail because its always more interesting that way :)
Had an amazing trip, most of the trails above Twin Lake are still snow covered, but the views from top were incredible.
A rough road in but a nice hike on the trail. Saw some Mt. Goats as usual for the area. Love it back here!
walked up the trail from Marble Pass. Saw a few goats. Summit register has entries from the 1970s if you sift through all of the cards in there. I had a tire blow out on the way down the 4WD road.
This was an awesome trip! Saw a plethora of mountain goats.
Climbed Rock Creek Butte just left of SE Ridge after climbing Elkhorn Peak from Twin Lakes Trailhead. Very scenic country and worth more exploring.
My first time in the high Elkhorns. Hiked the Elkhorn Crest Trail from Marble Creek in the south. We scrambled up Elkhorn Peak first and finished up are scenic alpine trek with a scramble up Rock Creek Butte. This area dominates the surrounding prairies and commands distant views in all directions. The Mountain Goat population is doing well here.
Not a cloud in the sky, great weather, herds of mountain goats, and got strafed by a northern goshawk on the way back down the trail. Twin Lakes basin is absolutely beautiful!
Sep 2nd 2008 Did this one again with Larry (cascadetraveler) and my brother Luke.
My Friend Jim and I climbed from Pine Creek Reservoir along the bottom of the east face and up to the saddle southeast of the summit. From there we followed the southeast ridge to the top. Great scramble!
A fanatastic fall day with great hiking partners. The views were limitless and the goats were beautiful..
After summitting Elkhorn Peak, I hit the Elkhorn Crest Trail over to the junction of ridges south of RCB. Up the slopes along the ridge to the summit raving against some clouds moving in. Made the summit and the clouds went on past without dropping rain which it looked like they would. Descended back down to the pass and decided to take the SE ridge back. Fun hike/scramble along the rocks on the ridge. Descended the ridge to where the forest begins and I worked my way back down to the trail below Twin Lakes. Then it was easy sailing back the trail.
See Dean's entry below. Fantastic day, fun climb, great views. I really enjoyed the Elkhorns, this being my first time to visit the area. I'll be back!
Fellow SP'ers Bob Bolton and Dennis Poulin and myself had a gorgeous day in eastern Oregon so we put it to good use by climbing up via Twin Lakes to do both Rock Creek Butte and Elkhorn Peak. We chose to do the Southeast ridge as the most direct route to this nice summit. After climbing RCB, we went over and did Elkhorn Peak, one of Oregon's 100 highest peaks. Beautiful weather and we met only two other hikers all day in this gorgeous area and they were from Boise.