Broken Top

September 23, 2006

The Mt. Washington wilderness was still closed due to the so-called “Lake George” fire when my second rescheduled date for the Mt. Washington climb neared. As the season was getting late and the weather forecast looked good, I decided to lead a different mountain instead: Broken Top.

I met Larry Huff and Peter Green at the Fall Creek trailhead at 7 a.m. The sky was clear and the air cool and crisp. It didn’t get above 60 F during the hike. We summited in less than four hours. After basking in the sun for about 40 minutes we got on the scree slope just below the crux for a fast descent back to the spring. As the climb had gone so well and quickly, and we still had energy left, we looped around the Green Lakes before returning to the cars. Wayne Deeter, leader.

Peter and Larry on the summit

Broken Top, from the spring at the base of South Sister

photos by Wayne Deeter

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