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 (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.
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.