Buying Gear Online?

Use our price tool to find the best price on any piece or gear or clothing. Purchases using this tool support cc.com.


Supporting Sponsors





Pro Mountain Sports
UL Extreme Down. 5.7 oz

blank
Who's Online
1 registered (Al filo), 42 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
27391 Members
50 Forums
100612 Topics
1146573 Posts

Max Online: 627 @ 12/18/06 12:02 AM
Top TR Contributors
ivan 118
KaskadskyjKozak 107
JasonG 99
tvashtarkatena 99
off_the_hook 90
danhelmstadter 88
wayne 76
AlpineK 73
telemarker 71
G-spotter 57
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#735035 - 10/21/07 07:44 PM [TR] Petunia Peak + Ridge - NE Gullies via Goat Lake and out Royal Basin 10/12/2007
OlympicMtnBoy Offline
Marilyn Monroe

Registered: 09/23/03
Posts: 1288
TRs: 39 Photos: 79
Loc: Kirkland (Seattle)
Trip: Petunia Peak + Ridge - NE Gullies via Goat Lake and out Royal Basin

Date: 10/12/2007

Trip Report:
I met up with my good friend and long time partner Brendan last thursday night to pack up for what we figured would be the usual wet and cold late season Olympics trip. As Brendan made some silly choice to live in Pittsburgh now, I don't get to drag him out there much so i was hoping it might not be too dreary.

We opted for a later start to deal with his rental car, etc and ended up at the Dungeness TH at 1:00PM on Friday and began the nice pleasant hike in to Camp Handy. In no time at all we were chilling and snacking at the shelter. We then made the river crossing, where I got my foot damp, and then had no trouble finding the Goat Lake way trail. It was steep for a while, but pretty easy to follow, we finally got up to the lake a little after 5.

I hadn't been up to Goat Lake since I was a wee little boy scout so it was pretty cool to see it again. Truly beautiful. Some minor stove shenanigans delayed but didn't cancel dinner, then we crawled into the tent under a night full of stars. I wanted to try out my new Aarn pack which is only 30L so I took the summer bag. I was chilly, but morning was so beautiful I nearly forgot. The sun hit us early and we were soon in shorts anywaysl with a clear blue sky all around.

We headed up a scree slope to the top of the ridge N of Goat Lake, hit the high point on the end, then traversed all the way around to the base of Petunia Peak (which also seems to be known as Goat Lake Citadel). We pretty much missed the easy standard route and ended up dropping off the east side of the ridge and following a loose gully up with some 4th class scrambling at the top. A fun route but not really recommended due to the usual loose rock. Views of the Needles and everywhere else from the summit were outstanding. It was fun to look across to the Baldy-Graywolf-Walkinshaw ridge route I had done a few years ago.

We found a route down from Petunia on the east side and traversed under the lower gendarmes. The Climbers Guide lists a technical traverse, but we were determined to go light and leave the ropes behind this time. We regained the ridge and spent the rest of the day scrambling along. We had hoped to get to the summit of Fricaba but ran out of time since we wanted to have a nice leisurely time setting up camp and enjoying the area instead of descending by headlamp. We hit the high point right before the intersections of the Petunia-Fricaba Ridge and the Deception-Fricaba Ridge and then headed down towards Upper Royal Basin and camped on a pleasant bench.

The night was a bit warmer, but still almost entirely clear. We work up, broke camp, and then spent the rest of the morning exploring the upper basin, picking out fun looking lines on Deception and the rest of the Needles, and then picked our way down to Royal lake and had a leisurely stroll back out.

In all a really awesome ridge hike with the most spectacular weather day up high I've ever had in October in the Olympics. It was a great trip with a great partner. I'm definitely psyched to head back in there and hit some spring hardpack on Deception and do some fun Olympics Rock.

Brendan put some pictures from both our cameras here.

The rest of my pictures are here.

Top
Help Support CascadeClimbers

Petzl Pur'Ice Pick
$44.96
Save 25%


Swivel Joint
$44.96
Save 25%


Zone
$74.96
Save 25%


Slider Leash
$13.56
Save 20%

Want to browse more deals? Check out our price comparison and deal finder tool!

#735400 - 10/22/07 01:01 PM Re: [TR] Petunia Peak + Ridge - NE Gullies via Goat Lake and out Royal Basin 10/12/2007 [Re: OlympicMtnBoy]
Chad_A Offline
veteran

Registered: 12/24/03
Posts: 1500
TRs: 14 Photos: 371
Loc: Bellingham, WA
What's up with smoking cigars without me?

Nice pics, looks like a good time.
_________________________
"prepare, do your best, and continue trying after failures." -George Lowe

Top
#735883 - 10/23/07 08:46 AM Re: [TR] Petunia Peak + Ridge - NE Gullies via Goat Lake and out Royal Basin 10/12/2007 [Re: Chad_A]
OlympicMtnBoy Offline
Marilyn Monroe

Registered: 09/23/03
Posts: 1288
TRs: 39 Photos: 79
Loc: Kirkland (Seattle)
Hehe, we had some amaretto for our hot chocolate too. Don't worry, I'm sure we'll get a cigar or two in along with some beer in December. ;-)

I'm certainly up for going up to the Olympics again too. I've been meaning to drag you out there for a while. Wanna do some FAs on crappy rock?

Top
#735998 - 10/23/07 12:53 PM Re: [TR] Petunia Peak + Ridge - NE Gullies via Goat Lake and out Royal Basin 10/12/2007 [Re: OlympicMtnBoy]
bremerton_john Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 08/27/03
Posts: 256
TRs: 14 Photos: 148
Loc: Bremerton
Royal Basin, what a gem. Great pics looking over at the Needles. Wish I'd been up there...

Thanks for sharing.

Top
#736586 - 10/24/07 07:02 PM Re: [TR] Petunia Peak + Ridge - NE Gullies via Goat Lake and out Royal Basin 10/12/2007 [Re: bremerton_john]
wayne Offline
spray'prentice

Registered: 05/14/01
Posts: 3589
TRs: 76 Photos: 648
Loc: Seattle!
Wow great pics. The shale,fungus and cathedrals are awesome
_________________________
http://waynewallace.wordpress.com/

Top
#736593 - 10/24/07 07:16 PM Re: [TR] Petunia Peak + Ridge - NE Gullies via Goat Lake and out Royal Basin 10/12/2007 [Re: OlympicMtnBoy]
Chad_A Offline
veteran

Registered: 12/24/03
Posts: 1500
TRs: 14 Photos: 371
Loc: Bellingham, WA
Originally Posted By: OlympicMtnBoy
Hehe, we had some amaretto for our hot chocolate too. Don't worry, I'm sure we'll get a cigar or two in along with some beer in December. ;-)

I'm certainly up for going up to the Olympics again too. I've been meaning to drag you out there for a while. Wanna do some FAs on crappy rock?


D'oh! FAs on crappy rock? Oh, wait, I think I need to take a shower that day. Or do my taxes. \:D
_________________________
"prepare, do your best, and continue trying after failures." -George Lowe

Top
#738956 - 11/01/07 08:17 AM Re: [TR] Petunia Peak + Ridge - NE Gullies via Goat Lake and out Royal Basin 10/12/2007 [Re: Chad_A]
tyman Offline
stranger

Registered: 10/21/07
Posts: 21
TRs: 0 Photos: 3
Loc: Olympic Peninsula
Did you guys find a register on Petunia Peak? We found one there back in 94' and added our names to it.

Top
#739083 - 11/01/07 11:50 AM Re: [TR] Petunia Peak + Ridge - NE Gullies via Goat Lake and out Royal Basin 10/12/2007 [Re: tyman]
OlympicMtnBoy Offline
Marilyn Monroe

Registered: 09/23/03
Posts: 1288
TRs: 39 Photos: 79
Loc: Kirkland (Seattle)
Tylman, yeah, there is a register up there in a Nalgene water bottle (I wonder how long that will hold up). The register went back ~10 yrs I think, maybe back to 94. Not a ton of ascents, but several per year. About half of them are all the same guy (and sometimes his family, or soon to be family). I forget the name now, but it looks like he's been up there at least once a year as far back as the register goes. Can't blame him, it's a pretty nice place.

Chad, c'mon man, you know you like it. Just think of it as training for the Rockies. ;-)

Top



Moderator:  Off_White 
© 2000-10 cascadeclimbers.com · Cookies · Board Rules · Mark all read ·
Powered by UBB.threads™ · Pimped by: Chinooktc · Top