Approach: Look for a climber's trail on the west side of the turnout leading steeply down loose dirt and rocks to a trail marked by carins through the forest. The trail will cross the Early Winters Creek on logs and resume on the far side before heading up into an open, rocky drainage. Continue up the drainage, passing a cave on your right, and follow carins. The trail steepens here significantly. Along the way you should encounter two to three fixed lines (three as of 9/2012) before the trail tops out on a flat area. The lines are separated by gaps (trail). If you continue too far on the trail you will enter the gully (descent route). Before the gully look on your left for some tree snags. Choose one for a belay anchor, ideally on the far left/exposed portion of the ridge you are about to ascend. Rope up here for the first pitch. Information from www.mountaineers.org.
|Driving Distance from Portland||333 miles|
|Driving Time from Portland||6 hours|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in one day|