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North America, United States, Washington, Cascade Mountains, Gothic Peak, West Face

Gothic Peak, West Face. The Sultan Basin road goes by the base of the west face of Gothic Peak, long an objective of mine. On July 9, Gary Rose and I started up through the wet brush so characteristic of early morning climbs in this area. Soon a stream bed led us rapidly upward to the prominent but easy slabs directly below Castle Rocks. From here we angled to the right, then over a snow shelf to a steepening rock gully. Climbing to the right we continued over alternating patches of rock and steep heather to the summit. The climb is easy but somewhat long. We descended by a rib parallel to Gothic, about ½ mile south, which took almost as long as the climb.

Tony Hovey