Devil’s Peak is a fin-shaped outcropping of volcanic rock perched atop a glacier-polished granite plateau near Donner Summit. At 7702’, it stands about 800’ higher than the surrounding lakes. We gathered late in the day at the Devil’s Outlook warming hut at Royal Gorge. After a leisurely hike to Long Lake, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset and settled in for the night. The Red Sox beat the Dodgers 9-6.
We departed at dawn for the short approach to the North side of Devil’s Peak. As a group, we decided to tackle the “North Chute” which Summitpost rates class 3-4 and describes as the “most interesting” route. We quickly scrambled up the chute and proceeded to a picturesque knife-edge ridge. For a little extra fun and training, Fletcher set up a fixed line to protect the crux below the true summit. After lunch, photos and Toblerone at the summit, we started our descent. We rappelled a short wall (more fun!), descended the chute and headed back to camp. We were back at the warming hut by 3 pm.
Thank you Fletcher and John for leading this event!