Richard, Lynn, Matt, Kathleen, and I parked half a mile below the
Basalt Pass trailhead (trail #1530?) and hiked the snow covered road
to the trail. Much of the trail was clear of snow, but we were on
snowshoes well before we reached the pass. From the pass we followed
the trail north until around 6,000' where the trail was deeply buried
and we just followed the ridge northward. At around 6,800' we
contoured eastward along the basin to the west ridge of Garland Peak,
then followed the ridge to the summit.
There were a lot of ageing cornices. It was a walk-up except for one
steep, 15 foot spot north of point 6,754' where we turned into the
slope and kicked steps down.
Much of the route has excellent views of the peaks to the west and NW.
And the summit has nice views of the Entiat area.
Elevation gain: approx. 5,200 feet
Trip type: scramble
USGS quad: Saska Peak
Car-to-car time: 9 hours 58 minutes
- 5 hours 47 minutes ascending from near Basalt Pass trailhead to Garland Peak summit
- 3 hours 37 minutes descending from Garland Peak summit to Basalt Pass trailhead
SW side of Garland Peak
West side of Garland Peak
Looking south to point 6754 on ridge
Copyright © 2005 Gabriel Deal.