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  • in reply to: Charlton and Jepson Peaks #2400
    hbandrew
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    Hi Kenny,

    Dry Lake View is the perfect spot to start this hike, as it is located in the saddle between both peaks.  First hike to Dry Lake View and drop your overnight pack.  I have hiked all routes suggested below.

    I recommend peaking Charlton first.  Hike directly north out of Dry Lake View Campsite and ascend the ridge.  Soon you will arrive at Little Charlton.   This should be fairly easy after your haul to Dry Lake View Campsite.  Pass little Charlton and continue on the ridge in a N/NW direction.  There will be a decline, and then you will ascend up to Charlton Peak.    The views are best at the very North end of the peak.   Descend just a little bit for the best views.  Great views of the South Fork Drainage.   Return to Dry Lake View Campsite.  On the return trip to Dry Lake View Campsite be sure to visually survey your route up Jepson Peak.  Note the location of the routes described below, including the Dollar Lake Trail.

    The most direct route to Jepson Peak is to ascend directly up the NW Face.  This route is very steep and tough.  Stay out of Jepson Bowl.  As long as trees are to the left (east) of you then you will be out of the Jepson Bowl.  If there are no trees to the left of you then you are too far east and risk heading into the Jepson Bowl.  Head west.  The first peak you will see is a false summit.  Steam past it to the true summit of Jepson Peak.  There will be a registry on the true Summit.

    The second and easier option is to take the Dollar Lake Trail southwest out of Dry Lake View.   This is my recommended route.   Ascend past the tree line.  Soon you will come to a spectacular viewpoint where you will get your first view of Mill Creek.  This specific view point is on my short list of best view points in the entire wilderness.  There is a very large and prominent rock at this view point.  Hop up and take some photos. This is the best view to the west that you will have as it will soon become obscured by the broad East slope of Jepson Peak.   Now leave the trail and head East to ascend the East face of Jepson Peak.  Though longer than the previous route, it is considerably easier.  Again, the first peak you see will be a false summit so chug past it.

    To add some variety to your return route, I recommend following the trace trail southeast off the summit of Jepson Peak.  It will eventually drop you off right at the Dollar Lake Trail.  Well actually a few yards away, but just look to the right (west) and you will easily see the trail.  Turn right and head northwest on the Dollar Lake Trail to return back to Dry Lake View Campsite.

    Post an update and let us know how it goes!

    hbandrew

    hbandrew
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    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for posting.   Yes I have read about the Mighty U Traverse.  Looks like an incredible route.

    I would need to invest in some lighter overnight gear for that route.   Maybe a good reason to get that Zpacks backpack and tent I have been eyeing.

    hbandrew

    hbandrew
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    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the advice on Mill Creek Jumpoff.  I will try that route next time.

    And I believe I may have spotted the drainage near SPOT2 that you reference.  It was a small rock gully and the only opening to the North in this area.  I considered ascending it, but was concerned I might get stuck in bush.

    As for Pi Peak, once I was firmly planted on the face of Pi Peak there really were no serious obstacles on the ascent.   As far as off trail routes go, the terrain was quite manageable.   I hopped over a few logs and steered around some bush in a few spots.    There was only one spot I remember where I had to use my hands to scramble up a small rock wall.

    What I will remember about Pi Peak is the sheer steepness of the ascent.  It gains over 2,000 feet in less than one mile.   And it has some false summits along the way to tease you.

    Where obstacles will be encountered is getting to the base of Pi Peak.  You can see that at the beginning of the orange line I briefly ascended the fork of the Whitewater River that runs between Dragons Head Peak and the Vivian Creek Trail.   By the time I left the Whitewater River the brush on Pi Peak had cleared.  And this was very visible from the Whitewater River.  It was what enticed me out of the Whitewater River and onto Pi Peak.  I opted for the straight vertical ascent on solid ground over an unknown quantity (and steepness) of waterfall diversions.

    Attempts to start lower on Pi Peak may run into thick bush.  The Whitewater River was clear up until the point when I left it.

    Hope this helps.

    hbandrew

    in reply to: Vivian Creek Trail #2046
    hbandrew
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    Hi Rodi,

    I hiked the Vivian Creek trail two days ago on 10/17/17.  Plenty of water at Vivian Creek and High Creek.

    hbandrew

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