Profile Gap Peaks


We celebrate by exploring the peaks around Profile Gap.

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Mrs. Platt and I were out to celebrate not killing each other through our 26 years of matrimony. So I had to take another crack at it.

Here's the truck parked on Profile Gap, about a three-hour drive from McCall. The drive over Lick Creek, to Yellowpine, and then up to this point, is in itself worth a trip report with a thousand photos.

But on to the death march!


Our first peak of the day was the steepest, most continuous gain. But not difficult. And due to trees, not very photogenic. But there it is looking back.

If you look closely, you can also see Mrs. Platt on the snow patch.


This one is slightly out of order.

This is looking UP the snow patch in the previous photo. Crater Peak is on the right, and we're trying to get to the saddle.

From the saddle, the views to the south open up, including this view of Crater Lake.

There was a good breeze blowing and nice sunshine, so we had a snack and hung out for a while.


Then it was time to get after the ridge.

The bottom involved some loose blocky stuff to get around a tower.


Then we could we could walk on the other side.

The summit was a pile of talus with no where to sit, so we didn't stay long.


We descended the ridge on the other side (in the background), which had your usual mix of talus, deadfall, and a few ups and downs.

Then we were on our way up another ridge, this time without any 'peak' significance. Well, tell that to my legs!

Sunrise on the Pioneers

From that 'unremarkable' highpoint, we had to drop down to a saddle, then head up Wilson Peak.

Bottom of the gully
From high on Wilson, you can see the big bump we had just climbed. Camp
Wilson had more room on the top, plus the sun had come out. Out came the binocs. Oh my, the views! Camp

But we had another peak to climb; Big Creek Point is dead center here. Mrs. Platt was feeling a little worn out, but still game.

Down to another saddle.

Our day was not totally consumed by summits. The wild flowers were out in abundance. This slowed our progress considerably. Camp

Plus, we had to go up again.

At the saddle, we found an old trail, one not on the map. So we followed it.


But that didn't last long. We were going up, it was going sideways.

That's the back side of Wilson.

All day we had run into patches of snow that usually made the going easier. This one was a fun little boardwalk. Camp

And finally, our last summit for the day: Big Creek Point. Big smiles.

The following pictures show a few of the sights from this amazing peak.

Unclimbed pinnacle, anyone? Camp
Quartz Creek to Johnson Creek, looking south. Camp
Logan Creek looking north. Camp
Elk Creek looking northwest. Camp
Big Creek looking northeast. This is where we were headed next. Note the red dot, roughly the position of our truck. Camp
And last, but not least: the mine. The map showed an old mine road extending all the way up the valley. With the binocs, I could tell that the road was in use not too many years ago, so we were hoping for an easy out. Camp

We slithered down the steep hillside and eventually found the road some way below the mine. Then we started following it. Although it has been washed out and had some deadfall, it was a lot easier than walking back the ridge.

However, the road we walked did not match the map. And there are multiple intersections. So beware.




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