Middle Camas Peak

Middle Camas Peak (8,905’) is a half-mile section of ridge which curves around the southwestern side of the Camas Cirque. Though there is a good trail from the trailhead to the popular Camas Lakes—good fishing—there is no trail to Middle Camas. So it’s not surprising that few people visit this summit.

Begin at the Camas Lakes Trailhead and hike on the well-established trail to the Upper Camas Lake. Follow the trail around the north shore and just past the stream flowing into the west end of the lake. Bushwhack (Class 2+) to the upper level of the Camas Cirque then hike westward uphill on slab-granite and grass toward the eastern face of Middle Camas.

At an elevation of about 8,000’, begin a gradual turn to the south around the west end of a large gully and climb onto the southern slopes of the peak’s east face. Scramble up the face to the ridge-crest and on to the summit.

—Michael Hoyt

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