Twin Peaks, East Face

With tired legs from a 6200′ day in Miner’s Basin and a storm in the forecast, I wanted to take advantage of the good conditions, weather, and get another steep day in. I skied the southeast face last year in horrid conditions, and was hoping for better snow on this side.

Twin Peaks East Couloir route

Twin Peaks East Face descent route

Twin Peaks (9673′) is the sixth highest peak in the Wallowa Mountains and the 11th highest in Oregon, according to most sources. There used to be two summit spires, thus the name “Twin” peaks, but apparently the second one collapsed sometime in the early 1900’s. I’ve even heard that there were three spires at one time, but haven’t found anything to verify that.

This peak is a coveted peak for climbers because of the 50′ summit spire made up of loose rotten rock. I briefly flirted with idea of climbing to the top, but after pulling out book sized chunks of rock on my first hand holds, I decided technical climbing in ski boots probably isn’t the best idea.

Quick stop on the way for some of the best water ever

Quick stop on the way for some of the best water ever

A frozen Francis Lake and more areas to explore

A frozen Francis Lake and more areas to explore

The summit spire. Maybe skiable during a monster snow year?

The summit spire. Maybe skiable during a monster snow year?

No pics during the descent. I was enjoying the steep 4000′ of mostly soft snow, with some extremely hard wind board thrown in to keep it sporty.

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3 thoughts on “Twin Peaks, East Face

  1. We are so impressed, Lee, with your wonderful pictures, comments, AND stamina. The “Chute” and Twin Peaks pictures were absolutely break-taking. The elevation level of Twin Peaks tells us that your legs, back, and core are strong! The close-up picture of the summit spine was awesome. One word will suffice about these blog pictures. WOW!!!! Grandma and Papa

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