Eider Creek TH, over CampbellPosted On:
2019-08-24, By: CarpeDMInfo:
More of a route description than conditions report. But I didn't want to do a full trip report. This route is much like the one described in trip reports by Chicago Transplant and Doug62. I just happened to find the 4wd road which cut out the bushwhacking section that they did, but put me a bit further from the ridge crest.
First, conditions were great: no snow, no avy debris, no logs to step over.
I just want to plug starting at the Eider Creek TH, which is a signed, beautiful class 1 trail starting at the 1st switchback up the Mill Creek road. Room for a few cars. Several good campsites here as well. Follow the trail until it intersects the Deep Creek trail, where you hang a left. Keep going on that (also awesome) class 1 trail until you come to an old, overgrown 4wd road and you can see Campbell through the trees on your right. (It'll take longer than you think it should, but it's obvious.) Follow the 4wd road up until it ends. You'll quickly run into a short angled slab section. I went left to skirt it and kept going up steep grass and dirt steps to make my way to the ridge to Campbell on climber's right. You may be able to find some game trails to help with this. It does get a little junky as you cross some loose rock, but I think this is probably the best way to do T0. It minimizes bushwhacking and minimizes gain on the way down. At the slabs, you _may_ be able to climb them directly or circle around the trees to the right (in pic2) to get on the ridge and avoid some of the loose rock. The ridges are mainly dinner plates, but well stacked - footing is generally good.
The scrambling section is about 150 feet of class 3+/easy 4. It's _fairly_ solid.
All in all, this was much more pleasant than many bicents I've done, and definitely better than I expected given the nightmare accounts I've heard from others who took other routes.
Pic1: the old 4wd road as it crosses the Deep Creek trail
Pic2: looking up from near the end of the 4wd road (that slope is steeper than it looks!)
Pic3: looking back at where the road comes out of the trees and ends
Pic4: looking up Campbell's ridge
Pic5: close to the scrambling section (it's easy to unlock the route)
Pic6: looking up T0 itself
Pic7: map of my approximate route