Peak(s):  Treasure Mtn A  -  13,528 feet
Treasury Mtn  -  13,462 feet
Date Posted:  08/17/2020
Modified:  08/18/2020
Date Climbed:   08/16/2020
Author:  bludwig
Additional Members:   Sbenfield
 Treasure Traverse   

For this trip, we used the Trip Report written by Acorn22, which involves getting to the summit of Treasury, dropping towards the mining junk on the face and into the grass gully, and then climbing the grass ramp up Treasure. All of this is to avoid a class 5 downclimb in between the mountains.

Start at Yule Pass Trailhead in Paradise Basin. The road is not bad, it has some big pot holes but any 4WD vehicle could make it.

The ascent up Treasury is in the picture below, I don't have pictures of the approach because we did it in the dark. Follow this line up and you'll find a weather station just below summit.

Ascent up Treasury. This is less loose than it looks.
Weather station just below summit.

Below is the view of the unnamed point between Treasury and Treasure, you'll go to this saddle point then start heading down towards the mining junk then the grass gully.

Head down towards mining junk on climber's left

I will add, I found it easier on the descent from Treasury to get to the mining junk then go to climber's right of the cables for more stable terrain.

From there, continue following the cables into the gully, from the bottom of the gully, you'll see a grass ramp that goes up Treasure, take this ramp up.

Locate the big rock and head into this gully
Looking back up the grass gully.

After reaching the bottom of the gully, head back up the grass ramp towards the saddle.

Going up the grass ramp towards the saddle.
The class 5 downclimb successfully avoided.

From the saddle, head over this point and walk to Treasure. It is relatively flat and has great views of the Elk range. I do not recommend side-hilling here, it looked like extra work on loose rock when gaining the other point was very quick.

Gain the point on the left and it is a quick walk over to Treasure, on the right.

After completing Treasure, head back down to the saddle and make your way back into the basin towards Yule Pass trail which will connect back to the main trail. There is a lake below that the trail connects to, once you can see the lake (sorry, I don't have pictures), head towards that to connect to a great trail.

Hiking out of Yule Pass towards the main trail.

For additional details, see Acorn22's report and attached .gpx file.

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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Comments or Questions

Don't try in Reverse
08/17/2020 21:01
A few Weeks ago I did this loop in reverse and the climb up the junk on Treasury was misery and after talking to other people going this way is the only acceptable way to combine these two peaks

08/18/2020 10:41
I can't imagine climbing up that rock pile then going down Treasury. Props for surviving that!

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