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Mt. Curtis Gilbert

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Gilbert Peak (left) and Goat Citadel (right) as seen from Old Snowy Mountain (romann)


Mt. Curtis Gilbert, better known as Gilbert Peak, is the highest summit in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Like the other peaks in Goat Rocks, Gilbert Peak was once a part of large volcano that stopped erupting about 2 million years ago and was gradually eroded by the glaciers. The summit may be a bit higher than 8184' stated on official USGS map - survey marker on the top states 8201'.

Gilbert Peak can be summited via a class III scramble. It is usually ascended from the East. There are several possible scramble routes. The most straightforward approach is via Conrad Meadows Trail #1120 and Suprprise Lake to alpine meadows area, then cross-country to the foot of Meade Glacier, and up on the glacier (which is just a series of snowfields). You crest the ridge at 7800' and go onto usually snow-free SW side which has a rough goat/boot path - and then it's steep, loose but pretty straightforward scramble to the summit.

Another, more technical climb is from the west (from Cispus Basin) as described in SummitPost. One must consider however that Goat Rocks' winter snowfall averages 20 feet and it takes most of the summer to melt. The best time to climb Mt. Curtis Gilbert is in August or September.



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