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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-12-2009, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Default Boulder Creek 8800' Peak

This peak is featured in the Scrambles book as the 8800' Boulder Creek Peak. It is not to be confused with the 9000' Boulder Peak, across the valley over Boulder Creek. At first, I thought that it would be useless to post a report on the kind of trip this was, but then I figured a report on general conditions might be useful after all.

My original plan was to head up Shulaps peak(Sunday August 9) from the Marshall Lake area off the Carpenter Lake road. This plan was nixed when fires closed the road at the Yalokom fork. A drive back to Texas Creek revealed the crazy nature of this tinder dry year. Closed again! Quite a show with helicopters flying everywhere...up to eight on one fire! Plan C, head up the Duffy to try again for the 8800' peak up Boulder Creek. The access up Boulder Creek is still fine for a short wheelbase 4x4(tracker). At 14k I parked and finally started hiking up the creek. The access to the alpine is really quick and a great tent spot was found at 6850', just 850' elevation from the car.

I left my camp and headed for the peak at 5 pm. By 8 pm I was back at camp. No summit, as alas, I found a class 5 impasse that I wasn't willing to negotiate so late in the day. Still I enjoyed the weather, which was much better then at the coast. The expansive meadows with many Golden-crowned Sparrows, Marmots and perfect Grizzly habitat, were beautiful. So I hadn't read the Scrambles book description before I left and obviously my route finding was off! It was ok though, I had a good book to read and needed to just slow my life down abit. Rain on the tent that night did little to dampen my mood.


Not jolting, spectacular scenery, but certainly pristine and wild nonetheless. The solo experience in grizzly country was heightened by the great habitat and possibilty of seeing one!


Views from on route.

Boulder Creek is an area with good potential for hiking in superb meadows, and/or climbing half a dozen or more high peaks. The access is somewhat restrictive as the road has a serious boulder problem with the crux a one shot deal under some very scary, loose looking blocks ready to come down from an overhanging cliff above the road!. A short wheelbase 4X4 vehicle can get over a hump of loose rock on the cliff side...but the potential for being stranded on the upperside after additional rock fall is considerable! I've been up 3 times this year and always feel the tension when coming back to this spot.

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Nice report and awesome pics, my eyebrow raised when I read grizzly territory.
Extra spice in a beautiful place.



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This peak is featured in the Scrambles book as the 8800' Boulder Creek Peak. It is not to be confused with the 9000' Boulder Peak, across the valley over Boulder Creek. At first, I thought that it would be useless to post a report on the kind of trip this was, but then I figured a report on general conditions might be useful after all.

A trip report like this is never useless, you give alot more information than some other people that just upload a bunch of pictures and show where they were and leave it at that.


I've never been up into that area, and am always checking out TR's to see what it looks like up there.[8D]
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Great pictures. A most interesting area. Sounds like it would of been an interesting time...
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Great looking country, Ed[^]
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great report! Thanks

I was thinking of soing this one a month back but had a change of plans still would like to go though. I have read that there are some lakes up there is that right?
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Thanks for the report, Ed.

Interesting area, indeed.
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Solo hiking and camping in grizzly country is a unique way to relax! Those yellow crowns come through my backyard in early spring, interesting to find out they like meadows. Were you going to climb Shulaps via Jim Creek?


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Nice and useful trip, Ed. You pulled up some names I had thought of much for the last 25 years, your TR inspires me to go check out that area and hike high up in the mountains which I only looked at from lower valley and ridge elevations.

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This looks like a wonderful place of solitude. Lucky you seeing all those coveted birds. Great photos of a great adventure. I like the number of the peak, is that how many you've bagged now?
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Tess, There are always small tarns to be found and a moose swamp in the upper valley bottom, which is actually a quite pretty wilderness(except for the logging)! No Lakes to speak of here, but over the divide in other watersheds, yes. The meadows are underrated and a neat part of this wilderness.
Elkaholic, Yes I was heading for Jim creek. I made an attempt on up Shulaps up Jim Creek this April, but it was too unstable for a happy experience!
Flowing Brook the number of peaks I've bagged is not 8800...not even if you divided it by 3.28,....not even close, but I've enjoyed everyone of them!!
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Ed, it looks like you climbed onto the ridge north of your campsite. I don't have a Scrambles guide so don't know for sure where you camped either. But if I'm guessing right, there's a goat track on the other side of the valley from where you camped that gets up onto the divide with Texas/Molybdenite creeks. There's a short section of Class 3 scrambling but once on the divide it's clear sailing. No Class 5 rubble.
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Stoked, I think you surmised correctly that I gained the ridge North from where I camped. The easier route heads up valley to the col/divide as you mentioned. The rock around there looked rubbly, but I had the confidence to just head up the obvious ridge that presented itself. I could see afew pinnacles but figured I would be able to manage a route over or around them. It was possible with a very exposed class 5 gap, or a 200' detour down and around a fault. This would have led to the sub peak but my ambition failed at this point[]! There are not alot of peaks I've attempted and failed...several still pending, but its all good, I have many good reasons to return to these places!
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Nice report, Ed. That campsite looks like a great place to enjoy being mellow.
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Not sure that this is the best place to post a road update, but Boulder Creek FSR is now impassable -- deactivated near the highway with several deep waterbars and 6+ ft high berms. Only options are to walk, bike, or possibly motorbike (not easy) to access this FSR... Bummer!
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