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Of the highpoints around the Camas Cirque, West Camas Peak (8,934’) is not only the loftiest, but offers the most exposed climbing. This peak, located just west of the actual rim, is seldom climbed. With an area measured in square feet, this summit holds only a small number of climbers at any one time.

The best way to reach this summit is to begin from the Camas Lakes Trailhead and hike on the well-established trail to the Upper Camas Lake. Follow the trail around the north side of the lake and just past the stream which empties into the lake’s west end before bushwhacking off-trail up to the upper level of Camas Cirque. Hike westward over grass and slab-granite toward the west rim of the cirque.

Scramble (Class 2+) out of the cirque to the highpoint of the rim near its southwest corner. Scramble westward along the south side of the exposed and narrow ridge (Class 4) to the extremely small summit.

—Michael Hoyt

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