The Brothers - South Peak Route 2
Benji on the Lunch Counter.
Follow the Lena Lake trail until about 0.5 miles past the
lake. Turn off on obvious trail and hike next three miles up into
the Valley of Silent Men. After about 3.6 miles there are several
campsites around the creek. Follow the left fork of the creek uphill
until a large snowpatch is reached. Route #2 climbs the rocky cliffs
next to the waterfall until the SE spur is reached. This route involves
some exposed class 4, and perhaps some short sections of class 5 depending
on the particular line. A rope should most probably be carried for
this section. Route #1 continues past the snowpatch through the
woods along side the west branch of the creek. This faint trail
leads to a low angle open snow slope. Climb this slope to a headwall
and find a good spot to cross the creek. Climb through small trees
until a flat spot to a prominent rock outcrop. This is Lunch Rock. Both
routes can meet at the Lunch Rock and continue up the "hourglass" couloiur
in the above picture. Once the summit ridge is attained, scramble
around the rocks until the true summit is reached. Route #2 takes
considerably longer due to its technical nature and routefinding. Route
#1 is faster and more straitforeward. Probably time to summit is
4-6 hours from creek camp.
Dave on the summit.
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