Photo by Josh Lewis
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Year first climbed:||1912|
|First successful climber(s):||J.A. Juleen|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle|
|Convenient Center:||Granite Falls|
Thanks to Stefan Feller for adding this peak.
This peak is above Foggy Lake at the end of the Weden Creek trail in the Monte Cristo area. This scamble offers great views of the Mountain Loop Highway area and of the Monte Crsito Peaks. Near by are Sheep Gap and Gothic Peak.
Getting There from Seattle: Drive north on I-5 until you can juntion onto highway 2 which is in Everett. After a few minutes of driving there is a road called Snohomish Marysville Road which is on your left and goes to Lake Stevens. From here you take a left onto highway 9 for about 1.75 miles and then take a right onto highway 92 (Granite Falls Highway). Once you get to the end of this road, there is a sign with a bunch of other ones on it to that says Barlow Pass and it will be on your left. It is about 30 miles from Granite Falls according to goole earth and a North West Forest pass is required which you can get at Verlot along the way at the Ranger Station.
The hike starts out hiking along the old washed out Monte Crsito Road which leads to the old Mining town of Monte Cristo which is long been abandoned. At about a mile or so from Barlow Pass, there is a bridge on your left, and another way on your right. Be sure to choose the one on your right which is Weden Creek trail (a.k.a. Gothic Basin Trail). From here you hike up the trail which starts out friendly and crosses a few creeks, one of them is large so be careful. After this the trail starts switch backing through a forest. After a while,the trail starts to get steep, which is the hardest part until Foggy Lake. After getting out of the Forest, views of Silver Tip Peak are in view and there are a few mini water falls that you have to go by, and depending on the time of year there are often times there are mini avalanche chutes, but are fairly safe. Afte this, you arrive at Gothic Basin which has a very pleasent atmosphere to it, and there are tiny rock towers to help lead the way. After this you get to Little Gothic Lake which makes an exellent camping spot. After Gothic Lake, you can scambe on to the Summit of the South Face of Del Campo Peak, just be sure to bring helmets becasue it is said that some times little rocks fall without warning.
Thanks to Stefan Feller for this description.