|Grand Mogul from Redfish Lake|
Friday morning I met up with Dave and his brother Ken for the 3 hour drive to Redfish Lake. We then took the shuttle boat across the lake and were on the trail picking huckleberries by 10:30AM. The first day’s plan was to hike the 092 trail south from Redfish Lake, make a side trip to climb Grand Mogul, and then continue on to a couple of small lakes southeast of Decker Peak. We made quick time rounding the far end of Redfish Lake and climbing up to the 8200 foot level. After a quick snack, we allowed Ken to read a book while Dave and I headed for Grand Mogul.
|View of the Grand Mogul from our route|
|D Pahlas photo|
After a couple of false starts up promising looking routes, we eventually found the correct ramp that took us to within 50 feet of the summit. Here again we ran into the other two guys, who were struggling to find the correct line to the top too. After realizing that they didn’t have a route to the top, we picked the one that we thought would go, and popped out on the 9733’ summit in another minute. We took a couple of quick summit shots before the other two joined us on top.
|D Pahlas photo|
With clouds threatening rain, Dave and I quickly moved down off the summit. As we moved down the mountain, we eventually met up with a total of 7 other guys who had previously summited. As we moved further down, all we could hear from these guys was, “Rock!” being shouted every couple of minutes. This just put a spring in our step to get away as quickly as possible.
As we met back up with Ken, the skies opened up with a brief rain shower. After it passed, it was time to head down the trail. Unfortunately, the trail meandered through the lodge pole pine for several miles not providing the normal stunning Sawtooth views. We eventually reached Decker Creek, before the trail turned upwards. Just before it dropped into Hell Roaring lake we turned west to hike cross country where we reached an unnamed lake at 8620’. It was 7:00PM and I was tired. We’d hiked over 8 miles, not including the side trip to Grand Mogul.
Our planned camping spot was still ½ mile away and another 600 feet higher, but the three of us agreed that this little lake would do for the night.
|View of the "Huckleberry Wall" from camp in the morning|
After breakfast Saturday morning, we packed up and moved cross country to a pass that overlooked the Finger of Fate and the three lakes to the north. This was my first view of the “Open Book” rock climbing route on the Finger and it looked Awesome! Our object this morning was a climb of 10,579’ Dave’s Peak, a seldom climbed summit just to the north of the Sawtooth range’s second highest peak, Mt. Cramer. Dylan and I climbed Cramer back in 2010. http://fadgenfamily.blogspot.com/2010/08/above-imogene-lake-in-sawtooths.html>
|Finger of Fate and the lower lake|
The three of us traveled to the east of the Finger and moved up a string of three small lakes between 9400 and 9800 feet. The second lake, nick-named, “Fantastic Lake,” by a friend of Dave’s the previous year, was indeed spectacular.
We left Ken at the third lake and started up the southeast ridge of Dave’s Peak. I could not take my eyes off the “Arrowhead,” which I imagine is one of the “teeth” in the Sawtooths.
|The "Birthday Cake" on the left and the "Coffin" on the right|
|Dave contemplating our route with Profile Lake below|
|Making my way up a narrow ramp (D Pahlas photo)|
I eventually found a way up to a false summit and couldn’t stop jabbering about the cool looking “window” that was staring me in the face. Dave dropped down the rock to join me staring out at the Cramer Lakes from this massive window.
We traversed a couple of thin ramps before encountering a final steep move up to the summit. Since the peak had Dave’s name written all over it, I allowed him the honor of summiting first. Like the Grand Mogul, this peak provided plenty of route finding interspersed with a couple of airy class 4 moves. Nice!
|Dave making the final summit scramble|
|Summit shot (D Pahlas photo)|
|One of the two goats we saw from Dave's Peak|
|Dave surveying the lower Finger of Fate lake and Peak 9583|
|The west ridge of Peak 9853 (D Pahlas photo)|
|Dave making the final scramble|
|Dave and I each hanging on to the summit of Peak 9583|
|The steep climb to the summit|
We joined Ken at the lake at 7:00PM, pitched our tents and had a nice meal. As we relaxed, we could see the couple who had been climbing the Open Book route on the Finger of Fate top out in the gathering darkness. A great way to end another long day.
Like Saturday, we slept in Sunday morning and weren’t on our feet until 9AM. Our goal today was to get out to a saddle below Decker Peak at 10,000 feet, drop our packs and climb Decker. We also had the peak on the southern ridge, 10,375, as an additional climb if time allowed. Once the climbing was done, we would drop down to join Ken at Cramer Lakes for the long march back to Redfish Lake.
|We're going where? (Decker Peak is upper right)|
|Old summit register|
|Almost to Cramer Lakes|
|A look back at Dave's Peak|
A beer and burger in Stanley finished off an excellent weekend with a couple of great guys.
Dave's trip report: http://idahoalpinezone.com/index.php?p=4_83