TO Peak from the west, from Blue Lakes trailhead
17 Jul 2002 - by Kathee Thomure
If anyone needs to climb TO, but, has done Dallas Pk already there is a
We climbed it a couple weeks ago from the west via Blue Lakes trailhead.
It was about
12 miles and roughly 4300 ft. gain. It was a real easy climb from that
side plus great
scenery and wildflowers. You have trail walking up to Blue Lake and then
up from there. The crux is about a 550 ft. scree and talus gully to gain
the ridge. Then,
it's a walkup from there to the summit. It took us about 5 minutes to
descend that 550 ft
on the return(great boot skiing). It was a whole lot easier than from the
TO is ... one of the
200 highest in the
state. Here's the route: Follow the trail to Blue Lakes. From there,
head due west and bushwack
through the trees. Above treeline, keep heading due west towards Pt.
13410. When you reach
12700 start heading southwest towards TO. You will pass 2 small tarns.
Keep heading southwest
towards a gully between TO and Pt. 13741. This gully is about 1/4 mile
east of the summit. It
looks steep from down in the valley, but, as you get closer to it you
realize how easy it really is.
Climb up the loose talus and scree to the top of the gully(13400 ft.) and
then head west to the
summit. What a great climb.
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