Description

A beautiful area that is near Cirque of the Towers so it's a good addition if you have the time. There are several peaks for climbing, but it seems that Haystack has the most routes.

Probably less crowded than the cirque if you want seclusion. Mosquitoes can be nasty--bring some repellant.

Getting There

Approach as for the Cirque, but at Big Sandy Lake, keep going along the NE side of the lake to a trail that heads up toward Clear Lake and then Deep Lake. The camping at Clear Lake offers some nice trees and looks preferrable to the Deep Lake site that is above treeline.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Deep Lake Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
 4
Grassy Goat Route
Trad, Alpine
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 37
North Face
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 56
North Ridge
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 42
Railroad Tracks
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 68
Minor Dihedral
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 29
Central Corner
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 10
Flash Flood
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 R
 5
Major Dihedral
Trad, Aid, Alpine 11 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 17
Southwest arete
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 13
Southern Wall Left
Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
Separation Anxiety
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Grassy Goat Route Haystack Mountain
 4
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Trad, Alpine
North Face Haystack Mountain
 37
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
North Ridge Steeple Peak
 56
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Railroad Tracks Haystack Mountain
 42
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Minor Dihedral Haystack Mountain
 68
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
Central Corner Haystack Mountain
 29
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Flash Flood Haystack Mountain
 10
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Major Dihedral Haystack Mountain
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 R Trad, Aid, Alpine 11 pitches
Southwest arete Lost Temple Spire
 17
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Southern Wall Left Haystack Mountain
 13
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
Separation Anxiety Lost Temple Spire
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
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"Approach as for the Cirque, but at Big Sandy Lake, keep going along the NE side of the lake to a trail that heads up toward Clear Lake and then Deep Lake."

The trail signage for this is now down/inadequate and is causing some folks to wind up on the Black Joe Lake trail. After the creek crossing, the major developed trail wraps around and up to Black Joe. For Deep Lake, either hug the creek bank or locate an unmarked steep downhill trail within about 100 feet. Either will take you to more trail along Big Sandy's shore and into the correct drainage. Aug 8, 2016
For the best and fastest approach; I recommend the south side of Big Sandy Lake. Cross outlet on log jam bridges, follow small, good trail, climb short rock slab, good trail, good beaches, regain USFS trail, directly east to Haystack, save an hour... Mar 8, 2017