Trip Report    

Basic Alpine Climb - Cathedral Rock/Southwest Face

A successful climb on a smoky day.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • The trails were in great shape. We did not find the boot tracks referred to in the route description less than 1/2 mile up the trail. No snow on the route.

On a hazy day caused by smoke the 4 of us headed up the Cathedral Trail. We followed the route described in the route description on the web site. We could not find the 2 way trails less than .5 mile after the Peggy Pond trail junction with the PCT, so followed the track we had which lead us into a large gully which had some loose rock, which lead us to the bench with the access  to the large gully leading to the SW face. We scrambled up the gully working left on the rocks to reach the climbing section. One rope team did 3 pitches leading to the summit, while the other did 2 and scrambled the summit ridge. All members scramble the ridge down to the repel station at the top of the first pitch. We did a single rope repel of the face and of the access  gully. Instead of going down the large gully from the bench we when more east working through meadows and scree field to reach the Peggy's pond trail and PTC junction. All member though this was better than the way up. Overall a good day with the one down side of the smoke and limited views.

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