DEC
9
2017

DAMNATION Peak Route: South Ridge (snowy late fall conditions)

Category: Washington      Trip Report #: 272
Partners: Eric Eames, Mike Helminger
Rock Type: Granitic
Summit Elev: 5,635 ft

Another Highway 20 snowshoe adventure.

Nice open ridge on the final stretch to the summit of Damnation Peak. Mt. Triumph and Thornton Peak towering across the valley.

INTRO

This page gives a brief trip report for an early December snowshoe to the summit of Damnation Peak. Thanks Eric and Mike for the fun day!

MAP and STATS


Total trip: ~8 miles, ~4100 ft gain/loss, ~8.5 hours (4.5 hours up, 30 min on summit, 3.5 hours down)
  • 7:46 AM : Sun rises
  • 7:40 AM : 2,240 FT : Leave car at start of logging road on Thornton Lakes Road
  • 9:30 AM : 3,000 FT : Put on snowshoes
  • 12:08-12:40 PM : 5,635 FT : Summit Damnation
  • 4:06 PM : 2,240 FT : Arrive back at car
  • 4:09 PM : Sun sets

PHOTOS

From the Thornton Lake Road, hike a logging road along Damnation Creek to the base of the south ridge of Damnation. It's pretty shwacky at times.
Steep timbered slopes on the lower south ridge of Damnation.
On the upper south ridge of Damnation.
Pinwheels of snow. It was a warmish day.
Nice open ridge on the final stretch to the summit of Damnation Peak. Mt. Triumph and Thornton Peak towering across the valley on the right.
Mike and Eric on summit of Damnation.
Eric on summit of Damnation. Bacon and Baker in distance.
Mike on summit of Damnation. Snowfield in distance.
Mt. Triumph and Thornton Peak just across the valley to the east.
Bacon Peak to the west.
Looking down south ridge we ascended from summit of Damnation. Little Devil is ridge across the way.
We decided to head down east slopes back to head of Damnation Creek below. This worked well. Despair, Triumph, Thornton in distance.