Left car at Thielsen parking lot 6a. Cruised up easy trail to cut off to West Ridge. Scrambled up West Ridge, trying to pick the best way through some loose rocks near the top of the ridge. Summit pinnacle looked so cool and the exposure down the one side was airy! Picked my way up what looked to be the easiest route and summited at 730a. Was definitely class 3 but rock was solid. Spent about 30 minutes on top especially enjoying the view to Crater Lake and what used to be Mount Mazama. Down climbed summit pinnacle and made my way back to the car by 930a. If you haven't climbed it, you should.
Successfully ascended the west ridge and finished on 80 ft of M3-4 with massive amount of rime ice. far easier to follow than to lead. full trip report to follow.
I asked Thor and Zeus to each keep their lightning spears away while I was at the mountain. ;-)
The Mount Thielsen Trail was easy, then the climber's trail was enjoyable and scenic, and then the last 80' ascent was the icing on the mountain cake. First successful summiter of the day, and solo. At the ledge I enjoyed the company of Marie and Gene (the latter of whom summited right after me), and I had several great conversations with climbers during the descent. Several of them convinced me that I should visit nearby Mount Scott while I was in the area, and that I could not hope for better weather. I became convinced to tag another Top 100 peak that was not on my original "to do" list for this trip. But, ultimately, Mount Thielsen was the highlight of my weekend.
This was the fourth (and, in my opinion, the best) of seven Top 100 peaks summited in Oregon during a 3-1/2 day timeframe.
Went on a Mazama climb for this one. The weather couldn't have been any nicer; blue skies without a single cloud. We roped up for the summit pinnacle, since we were a group of 10 and the club policy says you have to. But I don't think I will rope up again next time I go on my own.
first time up was Memorial Day 2003. Weather was iffy all weekend, and my girlfriend and I spent the first couple nights in a tent on the west ridge. Finally on Monday the weather cleared and I was able to run up to the top. Awesome looking mountain.
Proposed to Gillian at the summit and she said yes! This mountain will always be a very significant symbol in our lives.
I agree that you can find a Class 3 route at the top. Great views and a magnificent scree ski on the return.
fun climb, trail was easy to follow because of the hordes of people
Started early (~ 6:30AM) in order to avoid the late morning thunderstorms. Summited by 9:05AM with snow flurries coming down. Approx 5 hrs car-to-car.
I'd call this classic class 3 although no doubt class 4 is available. My partner and I didn't have much info on the route and were pleasantly surprise by the summit pyramid. What a fun finish!
Unsuccessful, will try again in 2006.