Goat Creek Peak

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Goat Creek Peak sits just south of Log Mountain between the South Fork and Johnson Creek.

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The weather report wasn't cooperating, but neither was it stable. As the week progressed, we second-guessed ourselves with ideas for skiing, etc. until John finally said, "I'd rather do the peak."

So we met in Cascade at 7am and were on our feet about 8:15. Cold, clear skies. Not much sun was making it to the bottom of the canyon.


Trailhead

We had been here a year ago last spring, so had an improved idea of how to approach the ridge. It took us just over an hour to where we switched to skis.

Snake River

But with lots of up yet to do.

Approach

The ridge sort of stair steps, although without much flat. One or two short drops. And after a couple hours, we still haven't seen our peak.

Approach

Aha- THERE it is!

It's not the big hump in on the right side of the canyon, but the little one at the very back. You know- the farthest point!

Approach

Keep heading up. This is a good view of the ridge we have been climbing, the little lumpy thing behind the snags in the middle of the picture. We started at the very bottom of the canyon.

Approach

Our peak doesn't seem to be getting any closer.

But now a few stray clouds were moving in to fulfill NOAA's prediction of a 20% chance of snow in the afternoon.

Approach

Now we could clearly see our proposed route. We had been here last year, and it seemed like it was doable. Would we be able to find a safe route? It seemed like it. Well, maybe.

But first, we had to drop down about 300' into a saddle. This led to lots of remarks about having to climb back out on our way home on tired legs.

Approach

In the sun, our powdery snow was getting sticky. Sticky skins make for hard work. And this last bit (at least we hoped it was the last bit) was getting steep again.

Approach

With pretty leaden legs, we were finally there. We booted the last 30' or so.

Our sunshine had departed and it was snowing, or perhaps graupeling, lightly. Still, amazing views. The pano below is looking sort of southerly or south-easterly.

Approach
Approach
Summit. As you can see in the pano above, there wasn't a lot of room on top. And it dropped right off. Approach
Looking north-easterly, that's Log Mountain. Approach

Looking to the west, there's Sisters Creek Peak.

You can also see our final skin track.

Approach
That's Thunderbolt, taken a bit later during our descent. Difficult lighting for photography, so the picture doesn't really show how cool and beautiful it looked. Approach

When we were here last year, we were slogging downhill on slowshoes and rubber legs. Slogging.

My legs were still rubber after all that climbing, but the skis made the descent a ton of fun. John seemed to be enjoying it.

Approach
We worked the snow as long as we could. Note the skis on the snow; this is where we finally took them off. Approach
Then some fun slogging through the buckbrush with heavy packs laden with skis and boots. Uggh. Approach

Map.

This area is seldom visited, yet surprisingly scenic. Well worth it. And some really good ski terrain if you're not worn out from peakbagging.

John's report

 

Map

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