Think I went up too far right. Kept getting pushed further right by shitty loose talus and scree. Did a little Class 3-4 move to get into an easy gully right and then just went up hoping the summit ridge was walkable over. Fortunately it was. But I wasted too much time and could not get West Craggy in today. At least I have the GPS track on the route. I almost think it would be easier to just head for the saddle first and then hike up the climber's path to the summit instead of going directly up.Thankful I had the GPS because I missed the trail on the way down and took a bit to figure out I had to reclimb back to the Copper Glance Creek crossing.
Did both of these in a long day. The whole area is burned down so you have to cross a lot of blowdown to make this happen. Anything you wear into this mountain will come out with char all over it. The route is very straightforward though. Not much to see up West Craggy until you get to the upper valley. Views get better and better as you climb up. This time of year the snow ramp was still covered in snow so that made things easy (just an ice axe required). Views from West Craggy were pretty good. Big Craggy looks very big from West, but it is not too bad to get there. Keep an eye out of cairns on the traverse, although it is not hard to get lost. You can stay higher on the ridge than you think. Also, it is not much of a scramble, more like a class 2 choss/talus walk. Big Craggy was more of the same as West, maybe not as good. The route down Big Craggy is fast if you choss ski and glide down on the snow. This area is very beautiful and has a unique look when compared to the rest of the Cascades. I definitely think this is the time of year to do it.
Was attempting to do both. Made it up Big Craggy with no problems, but then the temperature reached triple digits and I could no longer apply enough sun screen or stay hydrated. After passing the 4th gendarme, I decided that the half liter of water I had left (out of 3.5 L at the start) might get me to the top, but I'd be severely dehydrated and fatigued going down, so I turned back having only bagged the higher of the two.
Only you can prevent party-induced rock fall!
I tackled this one with some Okanogan friends in a one day door-to-door from the wetter side of the state. We went straight up the southeast ridge of Big Craggy then opted out of West Craggy to be home in time for dinner. 3.5 hours up, 2 down.
Also, don't leave your helmet at home for this one (like I did).
Did with Fletcher and Joe. West up West Craggy First then traversed to Big Craggy, then down back to the trail. 8 hours RT from the trailhead
The one day ascent was no problem, thanks to an overnight stay nearby. Another fun outdoor adventure with Gimpilator.
One day ascent, high traverse route with Redwic. 9.5 hours round-trip.
Nice scramble. Great veiws. Very cold!
Cold and windy at the top, with some very large cornices to be wary of. Nice day out. Crux was crossing the bridge, it was washed out over the winter.
Great weekend for a Pasayten hike. Weather not too hot. Thunder boomers threatened but did not attack. The lakelets were down a couple of feet from the high water mark and they may disappear into the rocks at the end of a dry summer.
TH camp and day hiking the summit is a good plan.
We did the standard route up to the scree saddle after a camp at the ponds. Lots of scree and talus but not much scrambling. Long drive.
Great views of Isabella Ridge and the Pasayten Wilderness. Doable in a day from Copper Glance trailhead.