Miles: about 3 round trip (From Foggy Lake)
Elevation Gain: 1413 ft
Permits: Northwest Forest Pass at trail head
My Hiking time: 3 hrs from Foggy Lake
Climbing Del Campo starts off with an easy climb up a gentle hill, but don't be fooled for the last half of the climb turns into a steep scramble, The payoff however, is well worth the effort if you can stick it out.
To begin the climb up Del Campo, head north around the edge of Foggy Lake which can be reached via the Weden Creek Trail. After crossing an easy boulder field and rounding a small pond on a climbers path, the path begins to climb up the side of Del Campo Peak. For the first 1/2 to 3/4 miles the trail follows easy paths through a vegetation filled hill side.
At the end of the first hill, climb through the boulder field to a permanent snow field. From here either follow others foot steps across the snowfield or cross where you choose. Once across, head towards the small gully just above the snow field. Go 2/3 of the way up and go left.
From here either the route will be cairned or not. On this occasion I had to find my own route to the summit and got into a couple of scary situations. Then again a little adrenaline is never a bad thing. There is a lot of loose rock up on the mountain so a helmet is strongly advised. My only complaint is that the summit was swarming with bugs and I had forgotten my bug spray. Still, the view made me not care for at least a few minutes while I signed the register and took some pictures.
At the end of the scramble you will be on the summit enjoying some fairly spectacular views (see below). If you would like to leave your permanent mark on the mountain there is an ammo box in between some rocks near the highest point on the summit. There are a few pens in there but some of them are no longer working. After a short time of resting on the summit, I was excited to get back to my camp so I could watch the sunset while I enjoyed my dinner.
-- Summit Views --
Miles: 14 (approximately) round-trip
Permits: No permits required
Elevation Gain: Around 5000 ft
My Hiking Time: 7 hrs (failed to summit)
Needing to put summer school in the back of my mind for a day, I decided it was time for the season’s first scramble. After some searching to find something at low enough elevation to be snow free, I settled on North Twin Sister near Deming Washington.
The approach itself is something to be conquered. Nearly 6 miles of walking on logging roads and bush-whacking through thick brush, before finally reaching the terminus of the ridge where the fun begins. It is highly recommended (and fun) to bring a mountain bike for the journey out. The gravel road back to your car is nearly all downhill and having the bike saves your legs while allowing you to sit back and take in the view.
The scrambling route starts off as jumping over a few boulders but soon becomes a narrow ridge that must be worked around. However, there is an ample number of cairns lining the ridge line that can be easily followed. The scrambling itself is described as class three or four by many but I would say a few parts were class five (I got a little lost so maybe that’s why). There is some large exposure in areas, but with the ample hand holds available and the quality of the rock, none of it was too difficult to navigate. Basically what I saw of the ridge was a fun afternoon of scrambling for anyone with the determination to get there.
I have compiled a video (found below) that shows what some of the scrambling is like.
Admittedly I was unable to reach the top and so I feel like this post is incomplete. I will be making another attempt at this mountain again this summer and will update this post as soon as possible.
Driving Directions (Courtesy of Summitpost.com):
My name is Abrahm and I am a college student, and outdoor enthusiast . I spend much of my free time wandering through and photographing the great Pacific Northwest state of Washington.