Gilbert Peak/Klickton Divide

Also known as Mount Curtis Gilbert and most often just "Curtis Gilbert," this is a long and challenging scramble to the highest point in the Goat Rocks wilderness with expansive views of multiple river drainages. The route is simple and not hard to follow. Get on Klicton Divide and follow it northwest to the summit.

getting there

Drive US 12 to Forest Road 1200, sign says Tieton Road, just past Rimrock Lake (east of White Pass). There will also be a giant sign for Rimrock Recreation area. Tieton road is paved and winds around Rimrock lake before going upvalley. Turn right onto Forest Road 1000. Follow it to its end and the South Fork Tieton (Trail  No. 1120) trailhead.

approach & ascent

From the parking lot down the road by foot for a quarter of a mile to a gate where you'll follow a sign for south fork Tieton Trail. Trail immediately crosses the river and then wanders through some meadows which are on the Herkes private property. Follow the South Fork Tieton Trail past Surprise Lake (5,255 ft) and up another 200 feet to Upper Surprise Camp (one could also gain Klickton Divide from here). Follow the trail 15 minutes or so until reaching two large rock cairns marking an old trail. Follow the old trail up until it fades. Then travel by map and use compass to Warm Lake. There is lots of room to camp in the area.

From Warm Lake head southwest (~200°) through patch of green to the ridge. Turn northwest (right) and follow the ridge sometimes on left side and sometimes on right side to the summit block. Stay to the left side and close to the buttress and up thru loose rocks until the true summit becomes visible. Continue on to the summit.


  • There is loose rock in places, particularly near summit block.
  • The start of the trail in Conrad Meadows is a confusing network of old roads, old trails, trails and cow paths.
  • The Cascade Alpine Guide, Vol.1 , 3rd ed. and the USGS Walupt Lake map indicates the summit is 8,184 ft, and the USGS benchmark indicates it is 8,201 ft.
  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 4
  • Length: 22.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft
  • 8,184 ft
  • Green Trails Goat Rocks William O Douglas Wilderness No. 303S
  • USGS Jennies Butte
  • USGS Walupt Lake
  • Trails Illustrated Goat Rocks, Norse Peak & William O. Douglas Wilderness Areas

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