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TR: Copper Creek, Glacier Basin, State Lakes, Mt. Hutchings

Postby vhsvhs » Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:31 am

Hi Everyone,

On June 20-22, I enjoyed a two-night trip up Copper Creek in SEKI National Park. I camped in Tent Meadow on the first night, and then camped at State Lakes on the second night. I climbed Mount Hutchings on my return. This was my first time climbing Mount Hutchings -- it's a fun scramble with a fantastic view. I'm unsure why it's not more popular; maybe everyone's climbing Goat Mountain instead? Mosquitoes were swarming heavily on this trip, especially around 10,000 feet; long sleeves and pants were very necessary.

Here are some photos. . .

Sunset from Tent Meadow:
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Malacosoma californicum:
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Glacier Basin, scenic as usual:
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Glacier Pass, Looking South:
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On the north side of Glacier Pass:
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State Lake, Sunset:
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Approaching Mount Hutchings:
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Class 2-3 scramble up Hutchings:
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Glacier Basin Detail:
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Pano View from Mount Hutchings:
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Mount Brewer Detail:
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Goat Mountain and Grouse Lake Basin Detail:
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Afternoon Descent Along the Copper Creek trail:
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Cars vs. Bear:
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I posted more photos on the Flickr stream here: [link]

Cheers.
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Re: TR: Copper Creek, Glacier Basin, State Lakes, Mt. Hutchings

Postby old and slow » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:43 am

Awesome photos, cars v bear is crazy! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: TR: Copper Creek, Glacier Basin, State Lakes, Mt. Hutchings

Postby iHartMK » Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:54 am

Thanks for sharing. That is an area I have never been to, but have always wanted to. I know, just do it..
See any rattlesnakes or other hikers?
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Re: TR: Copper Creek, Glacier Basin, State Lakes, Mt. Hutchings

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:05 am

That whole area seems to see few ascents. When I was on Goat Mountain in 2011 the register showed that maybe 3 parties a year climb it.
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Re: TR: Copper Creek, Glacier Basin, State Lakes, Mt. Hutchings

Postby Shawn » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:57 am

Nice TR and photos from an area that doesn't seem to get many visits.
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Re: TR: Copper Creek, Glacier Basin, State Lakes, Mt. Hutchings

Postby vhsvhs » Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:24 am

@iHartMK - No rattlesnakes, but I did see a party of dayhikers on Copper Creek climbing Goat Mountain, plus two small backpacking groups passing through Glacier Basin. However, in the parking lot and ranger station, I saw at least a dozen groups coming/going on Woods and Bubbs Creek.
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Re: TR: Copper Creek, Glacier Basin, State Lakes, Mt. Hutchings

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:02 pm

Cool TR and pretty picture to a wonderful area. Tent Meadow area looks nice a
green still. Got love the Glacier Lakes and Kid Lake area, and the views from
Kid Lakes up the Muro Blanco, especially form Kid Peak is sub-lime. Thanks
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