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Basic Alpine Climb - Bacon & Canadian Bacon Peaks

Bacon and Canadian Bacon GL climb

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • the road was in great shape and the trail only had mud in a few locations.  off trail climbers trail approach was, for the most part in good shape to the glacial morain.  

Having done the same approach for Watson peak, the route seemed pretty straight forward and, at least to Watson it is a generally easy approach.  Unfortunately the approach goes far beyond Watson....

Take the Watson lakes trail to the mini pass/saddle to where it drops down to the lakes themselves.  At this point you will see a very large old growth log that the trail goes between.  there are two climbers paths you can take.  at the logs look for a climbers trail on the right (south) side going steeply up.   Otherwise continue down 30-50 yards to the first switch back and take the climbers trail you find there. Both meet up about 1/4 mile further. the lower trail has steeper sections and the upper trail has thick trees an overnight pack has trouble squeezing through.  I have always gone in the upper trail and out the lower trail.  

Regardless of which you choose, you will be led to a very well beaten, and actually pleasant climber trail that will traverse over to a meadow 1 mile further (approx). At the meadow the trail will continue south across the meadow fading in and out. Do not follow this path.  Instead traverse on the N side of the meadow going towards  a seasonal water course coming off the rocky hillside. You will regain the real trail again to the left just before coming to the actual creek bed as the trail will reappear and heads into the trees to the left.  

Once you come out of the woods you will hit some heathry meadow and glacier choss remains from the fading glacier.   Follow a traverse staying at the 5200' elevation across the entire morain.  After you pass the watson peaks this traverse will take you towards a north south running rock wall that appears impassable without dropping below it several hundred feet.  instead head up and right into the gully this forms to find a boot path that will take you to the top of the gully.  From here continue your traverse mostly due east aiming for the 5360' saddle about 2-400' elevation higher.

At this saddle our team ran out of gas (several were not in shape for the trip) and it became very clear this would require 3 or 4 days for a reasonable party to complete the entire climb and not 2 days as we had scheduled. We camped here and headed back the next day.  

However, if you continued you would drop down here to the lakes below and south of this ridge line, and then head up (north) to a small saddle at 4900' and drop down steeply into the basin Bacon drains into.  from here you work your way up east and then NE to the left side of Bacon peak and to the summit. Canadian Bacon is an easy traverse on glacier 1 hour or so further.

Camping - we camped at the saddle of 5360 out of necessity. it was scenic but not great for camping due to lack of level ground. There was running water from glacier/snow melt however.  A better camp is at the small lakes past this you drop down to. This makes for a pretty long day two and is likely buggy.  An alternate camp to aim for makes for a very long first day but there is a great basin camping site at 5900' with running water just below the summit of Bacon peak. It is apparent on a topo map where this basin area is.  

SummitPost has a very good TR for these peaks as well.