Goat Lake to Thompson Peak

Goat Lake to Thompson Peak

Mike
Mike

August 23rd, 2017, 1:07 pm #1

Hi all - I was wondering if anyone could recommend a route from Goat Lake to Thompson Peak. Josh/Dan posted about this back in 2011 (here:http://www.network54.com/Forum/105717/thread/1186603026) but only shows once you get to Thompson and I am wondering about how to get there from Goat Lake. For starters, and maybe this is all I need: would you recommend walking around the East shore of the lake until you get to that couloir that leads to the upper lakes and take that? Or hike up on top of the ridge East of the lake, staying on that to get to the upper lakes? (Trying to post an image here but can't seem to...)

Thanks!
Mike
Quote
Share

Mike
Mike

August 23rd, 2017, 1:15 pm #2

Like this - would you recommend the red line, blue line or some other route?
Quote
Share

Joined: January 3rd, 2015, 7:56 pm

August 23rd, 2017, 1:25 pm #3

Spectacular views, easy scramble and goats to boot! Also kept me out of the snowy gully as i was in sneakers.
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: April 14th, 2005, 2:42 am

August 23rd, 2017, 3:31 pm #4

Except I recommend waiting til it snows.
http://www.splattski.com/2004/goat_lake_b/index.html

Actually, I have done pretty much the same route in the dry. This one explains a bit more about the "trail":
http://www.splattski.com/2007/thompson/index.html
Last edited by splattski on August 23rd, 2017, 3:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Quote
Like
Share

Jim C.
Jim C.

August 23rd, 2017, 5:08 pm #5

Like this - would you recommend the red line, blue line or some other route?
When I go up there for skiing with little snow until up high, I start on blue, drop down to red at south end of Goat Lake, and then east of next lake to meet up with blue again.

I've also done a blue variation by going east from blue line to lake at ~8300' then meeting back up with blue line at lake at 9100', but only when there's been snow in that bowl, which probably makes it easier.
Quote
Share

Mike
Mike

August 23rd, 2017, 6:23 pm #6

Hi all - I was wondering if anyone could recommend a route from Goat Lake to Thompson Peak. Josh/Dan posted about this back in 2011 (here:http://www.network54.com/Forum/105717/thread/1186603026) but only shows once you get to Thompson and I am wondering about how to get there from Goat Lake. For starters, and maybe this is all I need: would you recommend walking around the East shore of the lake until you get to that couloir that leads to the upper lakes and take that? Or hike up on top of the ridge East of the lake, staying on that to get to the upper lakes? (Trying to post an image here but can't seem to...)

Thanks!
Mike
Wow - thanks, all, really appreciate the feedback!
Quote
Share

Anonymous
Anonymous

August 24th, 2017, 12:07 am #7

Hi all - I was wondering if anyone could recommend a route from Goat Lake to Thompson Peak. Josh/Dan posted about this back in 2011 (here:http://www.network54.com/Forum/105717/thread/1186603026) but only shows once you get to Thompson and I am wondering about how to get there from Goat Lake. For starters, and maybe this is all I need: would you recommend walking around the East shore of the lake until you get to that couloir that leads to the upper lakes and take that? Or hike up on top of the ridge East of the lake, staying on that to get to the upper lakes? (Trying to post an image here but can't seem to...)

Thanks!
Mike
This route should get you close. The area isn't complicated, just go up. Looking up that drainage this past weekend it still contains a surprising amount of snow, should be a great and BEAUTIFUL climb. Let us know how it goes please.

https://www.strava.com/activities/772827075
Quote
Share

Ray Brooks
Ray Brooks

August 24th, 2017, 1:25 am #8

Thompson was the first 10,000 + peak I hiked in the Sawtooths. In mid-June 1971, we hiked, by instinct, since we didn't have a good map, a guidebook, blog-sites, or intructions, the red route up & descended the blue route on firm snow. On the way down,we glissaded for miles. (You folks might want to be carefull about the thin spots of snow above the streams, but it was all so fun & easy in the 1970's, before the current data-overload started stealing adventure from your trips.)

Stein going way to fast on firm snow.
Quote
Share

Mike
Mike

August 28th, 2017, 2:53 pm #9

Hi all - I was wondering if anyone could recommend a route from Goat Lake to Thompson Peak. Josh/Dan posted about this back in 2011 (here:http://www.network54.com/Forum/105717/thread/1186603026) but only shows once you get to Thompson and I am wondering about how to get there from Goat Lake. For starters, and maybe this is all I need: would you recommend walking around the East shore of the lake until you get to that couloir that leads to the upper lakes and take that? Or hike up on top of the ridge East of the lake, staying on that to get to the upper lakes? (Trying to post an image here but can't seem to...)

Thanks!
Mike
Hi all - thanks again for the guidance on the route. We did not make it to Thompson - one of the guys threw his back out and couldn't go that far, so we just treated it as a quick recon of the area above Goat Lake and only made it as far as lake 8865. On the plus side, we tried both the blue and the red and for what it's worth I prefer the red (see below - red = snow gully). Not as steep, slippery or sketchy as feared. (I have virtually no self arrest experience.)

Blue line up, red line back down:
http://imgur.com/a/jJ3GZ


Quote
Share

Mike
Mike

August 28th, 2017, 2:56 pm #10

Blue line up, red line back down:
Quote
Share


Confirmation of reply: