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Martin Peak - 8375'
Cheops Peak - 8270'

Miles RT: Elevation Gain: Route/Trail:
26 10800' route
Map: GT - Prince Creek #115
Season: fall

This was a 4 day Everett Mountaineers trip with friends to do the Golden Lakes Loop in the Chelan Sawtooth Mtn.'s.  We parked at the Crater Lake Trailhead, hiked Trail #431 (past the junctions with Crater Lake Trail #416 and Martin Lakes Trail #429) 8 miles over Horsehead Pass and down to Boiling Lake.  We woke the following morning to find 2" to 3" of new snow blanketing the lakeshore, the surrounding peaks and the now frosted larch.  Half the group went S to a 7400' saddle below Pt. 8270 (Cheops Peak) and the other NW toward Hoodoo Pass west of Mt. Bigelow. 
I chose the group bound for Martin Peak.  From the lake we aimed for a saddle (7440') below Cheops and made a long rising traverse on the west side Martin's N ridge until just below the top, where we gained the ridge and followed it to the summit.  Good rock scrambling here.  We made our way back to the saddle below Cheops, turned east, ascending the west ridge, crossed on to the west face at a cliff band and climbed snow covered talus to the summit ridge.  Took us a short traverse to get to the apparent high point where we got some lunch.  We left the summit on the east side, crossed the easier terrain on that face, continued around the south side to the west ridge and dropped back to the saddle and the lake.  Good day scrambling was had by both groups.
On the third day, we moved camp to Cooney Lake (hoping against hope to run into Cheyenne along the way). As Trail #1359.3 heads south it crosses a pass SE of Pt. 7228, where we dropped packs and gave Old Maid Mtn a try.   Turned out to be a much longer trip than it looks to be on the maps and only the really fleet of foot made the summit (you can bet it wasn't me).  In fact, only one of us made it. 
Back to the packs and off we went to Angels Staircase (a real butt-kicker with overnight gear) and down to Cooney Lake.  A little more snow overnight (a morning snowball fight) and an uneventful hike out on Trail #429 completed the loop.  Great trip with really good people.  This has to be one of my favorite areas in the state.

  September 27 - 30, 2007      
Crater Creek Trail # 416  
Eagle Lake trail #431
Trail #431 & Mt. Bigelow
Upper Eagle Lake  
Upper Eagle lake  
Pt. 7568?  
Eagle Lake  
Near Horsehead Pass
Looking NW from the pass  
Boiling Lake  
Mt. Bigelow
Snow & Larch Trees
Saddle above Boiling Lake  
Martin scramble
Cub Lake  
Martin scramble
Martin scramble 
Cheops & Bigelow
Martin's east ridge  
Scramble to the top
Martin Peak summit  
Martin's south ridge
Cub Lake below
Ready for Cheops
Martin from Cheops  
Cheops west ridge
Route finders
Martin Peak
Cheops (Pt. 8270) summit  
Looking east - Methow Valley
Leaving Cheops
Looking for Cheyenne
Near MF Prince Creek  
Old Maid scramble
On Old Maid Mtn.
Cheops & Martin
Old Maid Mtn.  
Larch & Old Maid Mtn.
Angels Staircase tral
Pt. 7948
Pt. 8321  
Merchant Basin & Sunrise Lake
Cooney Lake
Camp at Cooney
Hike out from Cooney  
Cheops & Boiling Lake
Route Map
From Twisp, we drove south on Hwy 153 to Gold Creek (Loop) Road and went right.  We went right on FR 4340 and then left on FR300 following it to the end and the parking area for Crater/Martin and Eagle Lakes Trail #416.
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