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Matterhorn Peak (Attempt)

August 25, 2006. Not much of an attempt; we only got to the Horse Creek Pass at about 10,800 ft., beneath the south east face of Matterhorn Peak (12,797 ft.) before deciding it was too late to try the remaining 1500 ft. class 2+ slope of slippery scree (the pretty tarn at the pass would make a great camping spot through). The trail from Twin Lakes and Horse Creek was lost at the first basin and the terrain was rocky, and full of boulders, dense brush, and snow fields. Of course, on the way back, we ran into a hiker with a dog which had no trouble at all finding the path of least resistence. 5000 ft. on rough terrain in one day may have been a little too much for us in any case. Next time we'll bring a dog. :) (About 10 miles round trip, 3600 ft. --- 5000 ft. to the summit)

Via Twin Lakes and Horse Creek

[Matterhorn and Sawtooth Ridge]
[Matterhorn and Sawtooth Ridge (1)][Matterhorn and Sawtooth Ridge (2)][Matterhorn and Sawtooth Ridge (3)]
Matterhorn and Sawtooth Ridge: The impressive north face under the morning glow. (1) Matterhorn Peak. (2) Sawtooth Ridge (?). (3) Another unknown peak.
[Horse Creek Basin]
[Horse Creek Basin (1)][Horse Creek Basin (2)][Horse Creek Basin (3)][Horse Creek Basin (4)][Horse Creek Basin (5)]
Horse Creek Basin: Some berries by the creek. Lots of bushes. (1) Another view looking back to the north. (2) Deer poses for the camera. (3) Horse Creek Falls. (4) The creek. (5) Some close peak.
[Over the Horse Creek Pass]
[Over the Horse Creek Pass (1)][Over the Horse Creek Pass (2)][Over the Horse Creek Pass (3)]
Over the Horse Creek Pass: 360 degree panorama at the top of the Horse Creek Pass. The south east face of Matterhorn Peak is on the right along with Matterhorn Pass. Twin Peaks and Virginia Peak on the left, and a pretty little snow tarn in front. (1) The class 2 approach to the Matterhorn. (2) The Matterhorn close up. (3) Close up of Whorl Mountain.
[A Nice Place to Camp]
[A Nice Place to Camp (1)][A Nice Place to Camp (2)][A Nice Place to Camp (3)][A Nice Place to Camp (4)]
A Nice Place to Camp: This little tarn at the base of the south east face is pretty good looking. (1) Another shot. (2) And a panorama of the side. (3) Some decently sized crevasses. (4) Me in the crevasse.
[Some Short Glissades]
[Some Short Glissades (1)][Some Short Glissades (2)][Some Short Glissades (3)]
Some Short Glissades: Here is one of the steeper ones. (1) Not really any need for the ice axe here. (2) From the bottom of the previous slope. (Had to climb up the left slope here to get any sort of speed :P) (3) At the bottom of one more slope.
[End of the Day]
End of the Day: Back at Twin Lakes. Still a reasonable hike I suppose, despite horrible time management.

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