Del Campo has been a peak that I'd had my eye on for over a year and my new scrambling partner, Alaina, agreed to bag it with me. We started the day with a nice hike up to Gothic Basin with the Orange Theory crew.
Gothic Basin is by far one of my favorite hikes along Mountain Loop highway, and we couldn't have asked for a better fall day. The hike up travels through the woods with periodic views of the neighboring mountains and waterfall crossing. But the real beauty lies in the basin itself. Gothic Lake welcomed us at the entry of the basin and is surrounded by towering rock faces, glacial streams, and ponds.
Wandering deeper into the basin takes you to Foggy Lake which sits at the bottom of our final destination, Del Campo Peak.
After a small break to enjoy our surroundings and refuel, Alaina and I said goodbye to the rest of the OrangeTheory Crew and began our climb to the peak.
The higher we climbed, the more incredible the views got. Soon, Gothic and Foggy Lake looked small and so far away.
The final push is a class 4-5 scramble to the summit. There were definitely times I looked up at the jagged rocks and thought I would have to climb one handed while helping Kayuh up with the other. But her inner mountain goat came out and she beat both me and Alaina to the summit without any help at all!
The views from the top were truly breathtaking. We were surrounded by sea of peaks in all directions with Foggy Lake far below as the afternoon sun warmed our skin. Knowing this was most likely my last peak of the season, I took it all in, feeling those familiar summit feels of pure joy and gratitude.
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Before attempting Del Campo Peak, please visit WTA.com for hike difficulty, gear requirements, and recent trip reports.