Korohusk Peak 9/30/17
|Maybe the last time summer scramble gear is used!|
|Passing Echo Bend, looking toward Yukla (in the cloud)|
|View from The Perch. Eagle Peak on right, Organ Mtn. in the middle, and Polar Bear on the left. Some trail erosion going on nearby!|
From time to time, a trail seemed to appear, but stayed vague until about 15 minutes in. At that point, we found our way to a steep clearing and a obvious trail that led steeply upward. As we followed, it became increasingly hard to do so - the trail was fading and leveling out. We were led to a fork, took a turn uphill, and then the trail was gone.
We then came to a large mossy rock in a clearing, and could see what lay ahead uphill. Cliffs! We'd been led to cliffs!
|Don't go the way on the left - there be cliffs!|
After a thankfully brief alder bushwack, we went under and to the right of the cliffs, stumbling upon another fairly distinct trail. This again we followed, and again were left stranded after the trail ran out.
By this point, I was fairly certain where we had to go, so we struck off into the trees without a trail. This would be a bad idea in quite a few places in Alaska, but the deciduous trees made for very decent bushwack. Dishwater Creek was down out of sight in steep terrain to our right, but we used its sound as a guide to the moraine.
In the last half mile before hitting treeline, we did pick up another trail, and this trail continued all the way to the moraine. We had arrived!
The few clouds we had seen earlier were burning away, so we were treated to heartrending sights of Nantina Point, Kiliak, Eagle, and many other tall snow shrouded peaks. We both agreed that it was a great to be out here.
|Coming above treeline - Eagle Peak behind us.|
|The moraine in front of us. Korohusk is on the left, Kiliak and Nantina on the right.|
|Adrian doing some typical side-hilling|
|Pano of Adrian sidehilling with Eagle in the background|
Although the remaining clouds were sparse, a persistent one stayed on Korohusk, obscuring our view of the route. We got off the moraine, and sidehilled our way to a gully on the south face. Upon reaching it, we went up and around the worst bit to avoid some wet rock. At this point, we were surrounded by cloud.
|Adrian coming up to the likely looking gully (behind me)|
|The gully. We went up and around to my right.|
|The cloud was definitely a factor. Guesswork for the route!|
A snow couloir to the summit! We were going to make it!
|Adrian climbing on climbers left of what is likely a stream earlier in the year.|
|Crossing over to find the couloir|
|Finding the couloir|
|Adrian coming up the snow|
|Cloud was off and on|
|That back there was the false summit!|
|Adrian @ summit!|
|Me @ summit.|
|Kiliak and Yukla, plus some central Chugach on the left.|
|Almost wanted an axe.|
|Coming down on nicely dry rock!|
|Adrian on the moraine|
|Me on the moraine|
Adrian had brought a thermos of tea the whole way, intending to share it on the summit, but it was a welcome victory brew at the ERNC. Mmmm, mint! We talked about how perfect the day had been, and had a very tranquil drive back to Anchorage. Now that's how to cap off a summer of mountains!
Thanks for coming Adrian!
|Heading back to ERNC - almost sunset|
|The route. Note the difficulties near Dishwater Creek.|