Elevation: 10,777 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is on Pages 221-222 of the book.
WCP-7 is one of 10 numbered peaks, denoted as “WCP-#” in the White Cloud Mountains. WCPs 1-10 are part of the Northern White Cloud Peak Group (Page 220 of the book). All 10 are spectacular peaks! WCP-7 is located just west of O’Caulkens Lake. This peak is one of the easiest WCP peaks to access. The book details my route up the peak’s North Ridge and East Face. Below you will find Livingston Douglas’ route up the South Ridge. USGS Washington Peak
South Ridge, Class 3 by Livingston Douglas
Date of Climb: August 31, 2016
I climbed this route by starting with the North Ridge Route and Iron Basin Trail [(A)(2)(a.1.1.1) on Page 229 or (A)(5)(c) on Page 230]. I chose the Slate Creek approach [(A)(5)(c)]. The Slate Creek Trail takes you to O’Caulkens Lake. At the lake, pick up the Iron Basin Trail. This trail is unmarked and a bit difficult to find, but it leads up over Iron Basin Pass and down into Iron Basin. You ascend WCP-7 from Iron Basin Pass.
I descended the South Ridge of WCP-7 as part of a ridge traverse to WCP-8. Upon my return from WCP-8 (after diverting to climb Peak 10182, which is also known as Iron Basin Peak or White Cloud Pyramid), I climbed WCP-7’s South Ridge. The South Ridge is mostly Class 2 with a bit of Class 3 near the summit.
The terrain is a combination of talus and scree, and the exposure on the East Side of the ridge is fierce at times. Avoid the exposure by staying on the ridge crest (which is not narrow) or just to the west of it. There are nice views of O’Caulkens Lake and Bighorn Basin from this ridge.