"Oyster Peak"  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: East Ridge from Pearl
Posted On: 2020-08-19, By: Flyingfish
Info: Dry and pretty straight forward. SW wind helped push the smoke off 
 
Route: From Pearl Pass
Posted On: 2020-08-16, By: Grover
Info: Left the Pearl Pass Road when the low point of the connecting ridge to Pearl (where a scruffy tower and dirt ramp can be seen) was straight ahead. Easy talus hop to the connecting ridge, then went west to tag Oyster, then went over to Pearl. 
 
Route: Northwest Couloirs
Posted On: 2020-05-26, By: TakeMeToYourSummit
Info: The road is dry for a bit above the 10,200 stream crossing now. Buyer beware - with the snowmelt levels it will be a bit higher in the afternoon coming back. We opted to just start the hike at 10,200. Patchy snow for a while; frozen enough for us to walk on it with just snowboard boots or walk the dry ground on the right. A couple of post holes were found - nothing too bad though. The typical snowbridge to the huts once past the Pearl Pass junction was firm enough to walk over on the way up & ride over on the way down. We continued just booting (we both own splitboards) as the snow was plenty supportable, we went over a few talus piles, & my recovering ankle preferred it. The couloirs range from upper 30's to mid 40's in steepness, are decent for kicking steps, & are about 700' tall. We chose the middle section as the left was melted out at the bottom & the right looked to have a bulge near 50 degrees at the top. We descended the top of the same couloir (after a one footed summit push off) & switched over to the lookers right couloir since it had received more sun. Icy on the top section, pretty good after the switchover, & perfectly creamy corn through the basin. We rode past the creek crossing before having to unstrap & rode half a dozen patches of snow on the road (about 50%). We got lucky in getting this line with the good freeze - much of the state is going to be having subpar freezes for the next few days. On a side note - most sources refer to these as the NW Couloirs but in reality they face almost directly north. 
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Route: Northeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-18, By: supranihilest
Info: Pearl Pass Road (same road used to access Castle and Conundrum) is dry up to the first creek crossing, then very snowy thereafter. The snow is wet, deep, and very soft. It's awful to boot on and even snowshoes were nearly useless. Above treeline the snow was consolidated in the morning. I took a slightly longer snow route directly up the northeast slopes, even where it was 40-ish degrees. I was glad to have heel risers on my snowshoes, but booting it or wearing microspikes/crampons would have worked just as well. There was continuous snow to the summit. My friend took a slightly more direct route on scree/talus, which also (for her) was continuous to the summit, so the steep snow can be avoided on this peak now. We traversed to Pearl Mountain (see the report for that if desired) but a number of people skied "Oyster" and I probably would have gone back down the dry talus instead of the snow had we not done Pearl. 

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