Hike Camp and Travel
Ptarmigan Peak 3058m/10033'

Scrambling with Ian Cameron

Area: Skoki Area
Height gain: 1358m/4456'
Ascent date: Sep 8, 2005
Ascent time: 5:15hrs From Pika Peak
Descent Time: 1:45hrs Back to Hidden Lake sk5
Comment: Moderate scramble

Ptarmigan Peak
Day 1. After arriving at the Hidden Lake Campground (sk5), we immediately unpacked, set-up our camp then, planned the scramble. We started with an ascent to Anthozoan Mountain, then a traverse to Brachiopod Mountain. The approach was a little bit long from sk5 but the scenery along the way was awesome. Our roundtrip camp to camp time took 6:30 hours.

Day 2. Our planned trip for this day was an ascent to Mt. Richardson, a traverse to Pika Peak, and another traverse to Ptarmigan Peak. The weather was not what anybody would want to have on an outing like this. We had a mixture of rain, hale, and snow. Our overall roundtrip time was a very painful 11:15hrs.
We kept venturing towards wrong route Ascending uneccessary gullies Our ascent to the proper route
Here's a good example of a disaster waiting to happen. We got tired of the long scree traverse from Pika Peak, so what did we do? We just went uphill. WRONG MOVE!
(3) Seeking more challenge is not alway a good thing. When we realized we were heading up to Ptarmigan's false summit, we had to eat our pride and go back down to the scree traverse to gain the correct ascent. What a waste.
We finally gained the summit ridge Approaching the Ptarmigan Peak On the summit of Ptarmigan Peak
Finally, we gained the ridge to the summit.
(3) 5:15hrs to the summit. We were even having second thoughts of getting to the top. It was already getting late and our energy level was getting already very low. We only stayed on top to sign the register and take some photos then we descended right away.
Ptarmigans on Ptarmigan Peak Descending Ptarmigan Peak Skoki sunset
(1) These are the residents of Ptarmigan Peak we saw, when we scrambled down towards the ridge northwest of Boulder Pass. Ptarmigans on Ptarmigan.
The trail down led us to Ptarmigan Lake Trail then back to the Hidden Lake Campground (sk5). It was already dark when we got back to the camp. It was raining. We were very exhausted. Forget food, we went straight to bed.
Our descent time was 1:45hrs.

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Updated: January 9, 2014 Author: Kajtek S