Thimble Peak, Mount Palmer, Wahguyhe Peak


By: Bill Banks


Thimble is climbed directly from the high point of the Titus Canyon road. An easy broad ridge takes off to the west and then turns south and finally west again to the summit. Although the last vertical ridge directly below the summit looks awesome it is quite easy. But for the sceptics there's a tamer looking route around the summit massif to your right (north) and around the backside. Roy Magnuson and Gordon MacLeod thought the peak deserving of list status, even if I didn't.

Mt. Palmer is another thing, however. It is one of those unexpected goodies I keep saying is all around us but little known or climbed. I think it rates with Kingston in difficulty but is superior to most DPS peaks in command views. It, like Mitchell in the Providences and Bear Creek Spire in the Sierras outshadows the list peaks in the immediate area. It would be one of the finest additions to the list.

Wahguyhe is a nice two hour round trip hike and when done on your way back from Grapevine, it almost makes Grapevine worthwhile. The heavy snowfall this year persists and requires that you approach any of these climbs from about one-half mile below the Phinney Mine in Phinney Canyon. Two weeks earlier this snow aborted the scheduled Mt. Palmer climb, even though two Loma Prieta Tigers did get Wahguyhe along with Grapevine.

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