Elevation: 10,600 ft
This point is not in the book. It is the eastern summit of Gilmore Peak. Based on visual observation there is a 50% chance this is actually the highest point on Gilmore Peak. This route information was provided by Dean Lords. This peak is a part of Gilmore Peak massive. Gilmore Peak is found on page 304.
In 2013 there was a register on this point calling it Gilmore Peak. As noted above it is difficult to determine if this point or the western point is the highest. The traverse from Gilmore Peak is a Class 2+ hike. Bypass the one obstacle you will encounter on the south side of the ridge.
Northwest Corner II 5.7 A0 or 5.8
Dean Lords, Travis Michael’s, Aug. `01
USGS quad: Gilmore (On the map it’s the main peak directly behind (south) of Meadow Lake.)
This route is easily identified looking south across Meadow Lake as the right hand skyline with the obvious tower (Cow Tower) of rock at 2/3rds height on the ridge. The rock quality for the most part is pretty good with a fair amount of loose debris on the ledges. Protection is good but bring a variety of camming units.
Ascend talus slopes to the base of the Northwest Corner where one will start the route in a steep gully just to the left of the ridge. Ascend easy terrain just left of the ridge crest for several rope lengths, aiming for the large deep chimney (crux) on the upper reaches of the ridge. Belay under an overhang on the right side of the crux pitch.
The crux pitch follows a shallow chimney for half the pitch to where one exits onto a face and climbs the left side of the Missile (a long skinny detached block in the shape of a missile) crossing the top of it and into the deep chimney. Belay here or continue up the back of the chimney to a few overhanging moves (5.7 A0 or 5.8) into an off width that widens back to chimney size after several moves. This chimney is capped with a large chockstone which one can exit from underneath on the left and emerge on top of the Cow Tower. Ascend wide cracks above the tower to easier terrain and a few hundred feet of scrambling to the summit.
Descend via the trail back to Meadow Lake.