Climb Del Campo Peak, WA
Washington › Gothic Basin Trail
Added by Tobin Akehurst
Summit Del Campo Peak (6,613 ft)Distance: 10 miles RTElevation gain: 4,000ftClass 3-4Very fun route when snow covered
Begin by parking at Barlow Pass and following the Gothic Basin Trail to Foggy Lake. Most of the trip's mileage is consumed by just getting to Foggy Lake, from here, the summit sits about 3/4 of a mile distant and over a thousand above you.
Face the mountain and identify the obvious leftward trending ramp. Follow this ramp until you reach the prominent coulior leading to the notch separating the North and South summits.
Once you reach the notch, climb the 30ft class 3-4 headwall at your left. This is the hardest part of the climb, so be careful when down climbing. Once at the top of the headwall follow the slope to the summit.
Enjoy the views of Sperry, Morning Star, Vesper, Glacier, Sloan, Baker and many, many more significant peaks.
See this page by the Summitpost user Gimpilator for more info.
- The 10 Essentials
- Ice Axe and Crampons in Early Season
- A rope and rappel gear if you with to rappel the headwall. Sling in place.
- Trip Reports / Climbing Beta
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It's called Foggy Lake for a reason!
Love the hike to Foggy Lake past Gothic Basin, and while I have done it before, I decided to try the peak yesterday. Note that the beginning of the trail is washed out, so follow a boot path to the right and look for the orange flags in the trees to guide your way. Yes, this hike is steep, very steep, even more so if you are planning on staying overnight as I did, and have 30 extra pounds to carry. The trail is not the most maintained either, so just be aware of your surroundings, especially when it is still foggy, as there are steep drop offs and slick rock screes quite often. Despite all of this, Foggy Lake alone is 100% worth it. I set up camp just to the left of the lake, but if you start going to the right towards the line to take you up to Del Campo, there are actually many more sites this direction, tucked between the boulders. Initially, traversing the rock scree to get past the lake, I lost the boot path a time or two and took a much more hazardous route around the lake, as it is not easily distinguishable on that early scree, so stay low and close to the lake, it doesn't look like you have much space but there is a path there. After skirting the lake the path actually becomes easier to follow, and take all the way up to Del Campo. The final scramble is a little dicey, but doable without gear if not wet. Which brings me to this: the clouds roll in fast in the afternoon, completely enveloping the peak and dropping towards the lake until well into the morning. Just be aware that the fog is thick and comes quickly in the afternoon (lost sight of the peak around 4:30pm). Overall, I shared the lake with 8 other tents and another 8 at Gothic Basin, and every inch is worth the incredible views from Del Campo.
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