Del Campo Peak
Del Campo Peak
The trek to the top of Del Campo Peak is dangerous, arduous, and unmarked. If you're up for the challenge though, the payoff is one of the best 360-degree views you'll ever see.
Starting from Foggy Lake in the already spectacular Gothic Basin, the route up Del Campo Peak is less than a mile each way, but you'll climb 1,400' in that short distance and be faced with class 3–4 rock scrambling that requires strong physical strength and very little margin for error. Consider yourself warned.
Looking north across Foggy Lake from the Weden Creek outlet, Del Campo Peak is on the right, and Gothic Peak is on the left. Over-simplified, your goal is to make it to the top of the highest snow field that appears just left of center on the south face of Del Campo and then climb the rest of the rugged rock to the summit.
Begin by traversing a short distance around the east (right) side of the lake. You'll then want to climb the granite in a northeast direction through a drainage basin until you are high enough to begin a northwest traverse along the top of the southwest ridge (marked by trees and vegetation). In late season you'll most likely have a bootpath, cairns, or glissade chutes to follow, but don't count on it.
Climb the final snow field to the top and an obvious canyon/gully on your right. Do not follow this canyon as it leads to a sheer wall. Instead, scramble up the rocks on your left about 150' until you reach the east face and can turn left and begin your final steep scramble to the summit.
The views from the top are seemingly endless. Check out Mount Baker and Shuksan to the north, Glacier Peak to the east, Mount Rainier and Adams to the south, and all the classic Mountain Loop Highway peaks in every direction, such as Mount Pilchuck, Three Fingers, Vesper Peak, and Mount Dickerman (to name just a few).
As you'll see from our pictures and video, we did this hike without an ice axe or helmet, but we highly recommend bringing and using both as necessary. Crampons may also be needed on the snow field (even in summer). Exercise extreme caution and play it safe out there.
Permits & Tips
Northwest Forest Pass required. Pit toilet available at parking lot and Weden Creek trailhead. Filter water from Foggy Lake. Overnight camping is allowed. Be prepared for snow to cover the trail as late as August. Road closes with heavy snowfall. Stop-in or call the Verlot Public Service Center for maps, trail conditions and camping inquiries.
How to get there
Head north on I-5 to Exit 194 and merge onto US-2 E.
After two miles, exit left onto WA-204.
Stay on WA-204 for two miles to Highway 9. Take the left onto Highway 9 toward Lake Stevens.
Turn right onto WA-92 to Granite Falls.
In Granite Falls, turn left onto N Alder Ave and continue onto the Mountain Loop Highway.
You'll hit the Verlot Public Service Center (get your maps and passes) in 11 miles, and the trailhead is 20 miles further, right before the paved road turns to gravel at Barlow Pass. Parking lot is on left, clearly signed, or you may park along the road. Trailhead begins at the gate on the right side of the road.