Mount Triumph holds perhaps the most mysterious inner sanctuary of the North Cascades. Hidden deep within this Maze of peaks the journey into Triumph is suprisingly managable but even more important is that it's incredibly pleasant. It really hits when you top out at the 5,000 foot pass on your approach hike and get that first full glimpse of what you signed up for. Mt Triumph has it all, and with incredible charm. The hike through Thornton Lakes basin is magical, you'll probably make plans to come back and just camp on one of these handsome lakes. The high camp between the glacier and the lakes is epic and the climb is not only spectacular to a high degree but it's really fun, quality climbing. With views straight into the Pickets, Mt Shuksan and Boston Basin. You're really in the middle of it all here. But to top it all off the crowds are on other peaks. Why? Sshhh!!! Come join us and enjoy the peace and quiet while you still can!
Prerequisites: Backpacking; Following multi-pitch rock up to 5.7; Sense of Adventure
Day 1: Meet 9am at North Cascades Ranger station in Marblemount, WA. We can meet particpants earlier closer to Burlington or Sedro-Woolley if needed. Check in, gear check drive 25 minutes to the trailhead. The hike begins at 2,500 feet and follows an easy trail with big comfortable switch backs for the first 2 and half miles up to 5,000 feet. It's the perfect warm up. We then descend 600 feet to Thornton Lakes Basin and enjoy the scenic and pleasant walk around lower and middle Thornton lakes. The final hike up to the col is a good work out up a small climbers trail. Set up camp and prep for the next day.
Day 2: Wake up at 5am. Breakfast and prepare. Descend onto Glacier and traverse to the NE Ridge. Climb the scenic craggy ridge line. Summit and Rappel, downclimb Ridge. Hike Back to camp. This is a good full day that makes hiking out the second day not an option. Motivated groups may opt to camp at one of the lakes but considering how scenic camp is and how full of a day climbing the ridge is, it's not likely.
Day 3: Hike out.