FKT: Steph Decker - Upper Dungeness 5 Peaks (WA) - 2022-07-09

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13h 6m 25s
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Great day to do some peak bagging in the Olympics. This route was more challenging for the obvious amount of vert it has, but it offers some of the most amazing ridge running and classic scrambling the Olympics are known for. 

I had been up Tyler and the saddle of Peak B before, but had never explored Gray Wolf or Baldy. I wasn’t sure what the access and conditions would be like up to Gray Wolf given the extended snowy trail conditions we’ve had this year, but it was totally doable (yet still a humbling climb). Trekking poles are your friend on this route. 

I’d recommend downloading the route if you aren’t familiar with the trails. For obvious safety reason, but also because most are not very well defined, especially when you get up high and for the decommission forest service roads just  above Lower Maynard Burn. The trails on the Townsend side are very well established, but can get a little webby (especially if visibility is poor like it was for me). 

Silver Lakes trail is deceptive on a map — it appears straightforward, but its technical and punchy. Save your legs (or what’s left of them at this point) because you’ll need them for the steep decent down Dirty Face. 

A great day in the mountains. Thank you James and Tabatha for putting this together. It challenged and humbled me in so many ways!