The view from the summit towards the north. Damn, Vesper. This thread is archived. Copper Lake is the lake directly to the west of Vesper Peak. About half a mile in, there’s a tricky river crossing. The woods spit you out into Wirtz Basin, where you are soon faced with a talus field and an invisible trail. If there's some lure to explore the old road I guess you will need to be creative. There were a few rocky sections open, and I trended towards those until I was maybe 200 vertical feet from the summit. Getting to shade was good motivation to get to the top. best. Again, aim for the trees. Vesper Peak Summit - the perfect lunch spot. Rocks are grippy, so not much danger of falling. The glaciated summit in the distance is Mount Baker, while Three Fingers and Whitehorse are the rockier peaks past Copper Lake in the foreground. hide. you have a pretty good taste when selecting hikes I was planning to do Gothic Basin next week, but now Vesper Peak looks pretty amazing too. Oh wait – the outlet stream! More sunscreen. 8-23-14 Okay, keep moving. I passed another hiker on the way up the snowfields, so there were two of us! Views from the top: Corner of Del Campo on the far left next to Gothic, Daniel and Hinman way in the center background. ( Log Out /  The Stillaguamish is in your way, and apparently for part of the year it’s just a trickle, but on Thursday, it was a small river. Wikipedia. best. To the northeast, Glacier Peak was visible in the distance, looking not very glacier-y at all. Kathleen descending the granite slabs, rocking a sweet new Ultraspire Velocity pack! Sort by. I was intrigued on that trip. You almost directly cross the slope, and the next landmark is the outlet of Vesper Lake. You know what’s gross? Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Breathtakingly cold water and immediate brain freeze ensued, followed by a satisfied, refreshed feeling as I was putting my boots back on. We started at the Sunrise Mine trail head, where a sign says there are 2 miles to Headlee Pass. The Vesper Challenge carried on after doing the doing the peak to processing the impact to now, finally, trying to capturing the Complete Vesper Experience in words. Hey there, my friends and I chatted with you and your group on Ruth Mtn. Vesper Peak offers excellent views of nearby peaks and lakes and is a great intermediate climb, whether you are headed up for an intense one-day ascent or taking an overnight at Elan Lake for a multi-day trip to Vesper and neighboring Sperry Peak. Getting sunburned makes me a little excited because it means I’ll be tan soon and whiffs of sunscreen make me miss spending all summer on the beach. As in, still wet from the previous day. Eh, I’ll loosen up at Vesper, no worries. I hope to come up here again when the air is clearer (from the eastern Washington fires). I just learned that the peakbagger app can actually download GPX files and will show your position relative to the trail even in airplane mode. This was also my first climb in the Mountain Loop area. The standard route leaves from the Sunrise Mine Trailhead and proceeds through dense old-growth and a few stream crossings. save. Above Copper Lake Big Four Mountain rises – and beyond, more peaks and ridges. Sad! hide. My second straight day off (whoa, two days, I know) was another brilliantly sunny one, and I packed up to finally do Vesper Peak. 98% Upvoted. The switchbacks get narrower and narrower until suddenly pop! Trusty stick would have to hold me back. They will be ruined. If you’re aiming for Vesper Peak, cross the outlet stream as soon as you reach it, and continue straight up. Finally you get back into the woods, where the shade was a welcome relief. The entire climb was on snow so we got some amazing glissades. 1). The lot was empty, which was fine with me. Copper Lake from the Vesper summit... Big Four Mountain is the red one... with Three Fingers and Whitehorse Mountain on the skyline in the center of the photo... Mt. As we all know, getting into the Copper Lake area is no trivial matter. From the Vesper summit we are looking beyond Sperry Peak to Glacier Peak and Sloan Peak. Vesper Peak had been on my list for a long time and everyone was on board. It is a popular peak among scramblers and climbers. Nikon D700 1/125s f/16.0 at 34.0mm iso400 full exif. Weather: 70’s and sunny. Hiking up the valley towards Headlee Pass. Posted on August 20, 2017 by evejakubowski. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Yuck. Fall color has arrived. Glacier (in the clouds) and Sloan behind Morning Star. Baker and Mt. no comments yet. That meant either a) bag Sperry, the peak across from Vesper, or b) swim and tan. Alpine • Camp • Creek • Favorite • Forest • Lakes • Less Traveled • Mountain • National Forest • Off Trail • Pass • Ridge • Scrambling • Summit • Views • Wilderness, Reach Vesper Peak from Sunrise Mine trailhead, through Headlee Pass. Ascend to Hall Peak / Big Four Mtn col. Drop down through likely thickly wooded and steep slopes towards outlet of Copper Lake. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/the-copper-creek-trail-to-copper-lake The helicopter flew to Copper Lake below the north side of Vesper, where the team had dropped off some gear in order to reduce weight for the hoist; while we were on the ground, the flight medic (Richard) gave me some morphine and resplinted my foot. Yeah, you heard me. ( Log Out /  Vesper Peak Climbing Notes. But not my right? That’s an easy anchor right there. Vesper Peak is a rugged peak in the north-central Cascades near Monte Cristo. Spada Lake is the much larger lake to the southwest. Sort by. Lake Elan, also known as Vesper Lake for the peak that towers above it, makes for a beautiful day hike destination or an ideal base camp for exploring Vesper Peak and Sperry Peak. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Posted by: Must Hike Must Eat on Sep 12, 2016 05:18 AM caraseen on Vesper Peak I don't think that's Copper Lake. The area was a hotbed of gold and silver mining activity in the late 1800's through the early part of the 20th century. They were wet. headlee pass (4,720 ft) & vesper lake (4,950 ft) 7.0 miles round trip, 2,600 feet of elevation gain, difficulty: strenuous. This one was quite the aberrant experience. Ripe huckleberry at the basin near Vesper Creek. Overview. Copper Lake between Little Chief Mtn (left) and Big Four Mtn (red). There’s a noticeable ridge line (possibly more obvious because of melting snow), and that’s your route to the top. The Mountaineer Seattle, Washingron December 1918 H.B. Even those lines out, girl. It's an easy scramble to Vesper Peak over a wide granite slope. Vesper Peak is one of the best hikes in the North Cascades. Please submit any useful information about climbing Vesper Peak that may be useful to other climbers. There are mountains behind mountains behind mountains, which I just can’t get enough of – literally, a sea of mountains, flowing from one wave to another, always choppy. I recently drove down to the Lake Tahoe area to do some fun scrambles. Without Vernon breaking trail in front of me, I was on my own with those damn weaving beasts. Copper Lake Vesper Peak and Big Four Mountain, WA Cascades view map. In the former After we resumed, we crossed on the other side (the pass is very-very narrow), and saw Vesper Peak for the first time. Don’t build webs on trails. The beautiful view from the summit of Vesper Peak. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Vesper Peak is a peak along the Mountain Loop Highway region of the North Cascades of Washington state. Copper Lake (11,321') is located 10.65 miles from East Portal Trailhead (Aspen) and 4.8 miles from Copper Trailhead (Crested Butte) in the Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness.This small but shapely lake is 503' below East Maroon Pass (11,824') on the Crested Butte side. 8-23-14 It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure it out (which probably means like 7 minutes, but it felt like forever). Making a big turn to start negotiating the Headlee Pass gully, Headlee Pass gully seen from almost at the top. Northwest of the summit, the Vesper Glacier descends a deep chute to Copper Lake, tucked from view behind the rarely seen and surprisingly red, chossy backside of Big Four. Past that I cruised up the arete (which must be the only “ragged edge” of this climb) overanalyzing gear placements and one-inch heather ledges until I was at the top, where I whooped and slung a fat horn. Email me. About 20 minutes from the pass, we got onto the snow field right below Vesper and stared marching up. And after all this time, I had been expecting you to have pretty mediocre views. 87% Upvoted. Vesper Peak is a peak along the Mountain Loop Highway region of the North Cascades of Washington state.It is about 18 miles (29 km) south of Darrington and 21 miles (34 km) east of Granite Falls, in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.Its gentle south and east slopes contrast with a sheer north face which offers "excellent technical routes". Posted by. Fall color has arrived. Standing on Vesper Peak summit looking down at Copper Lake at Sunset. Not lush green undergrowth forest, but a darker, more spread out canopy type of forest. View of Copper Lake from just below the summit of Vesper, with Baker lurking in … Please submit any useful information about climbing Vesper Peak that may be useful to other climbers. share. Skin to base of Vesper Glacier (name?) Whenever I mention the name Vesper to any of my outdoorsy friends, I get the same response from every one of them. I looked down and saw the itty bitty glacier I had seen from Round Lake – it was there! With the immense Lake Tahoe on one side of the ridge and the beauty of the Desolation Wilderness on the other side. Copper Lake as seen from the summit of Vesper Peak. Copper Lake from Vesper Peak Mt. I was looking across at Sperry and Morning Star, with Glacier and Baker and Shuksan in the clouds, Sloan and Gothic and Del Campo staring back at you. Summer is here, guys, and every body of water is fair game. Headlee Pass at noon on a brilliantly sunny summer day was brutal. More water. So I revised my statement to the following: I’m a summer person, if there’s an ocean within reach. You should replace “Did I Trip?” with “Spider Web Report”. Strava map can be found here, and the Summitpost page has both a map and a GPX file. I hope to come up here again when the air is clearer (from the eastern Washington fires). Close. Back across the talus slopes to Headlee pass, one last look at Vesper, and then a knee-banger of a hike down. This photo was taken from the summit of Vesper Peak in the North-Central Cascade Mountains. You’re at the top, staring at Vesper. This one has been on my list since October. But, no time to dilly dally - we had to make it up the last mile with 1200 feet of elevation gain before the rapidly approaching sunset. On September 23, 2019 I started this effort with Tahoe's Rubicon Peak. Copper Lake between Little Chief Mtn (left) and Big Four Mtn (red). Shit, that’s what I’m going up? The snow had started in earnest, but once I got to the trees, much had melted out, and that section was essentially just a steep rooty trail. We were three old dudes and one young one. (Caleb Hutton / Herald file) Coming weeks best top new controversial old q&a. This was going to be a slow hike, so if anyone showed up, they’d probably catch up to me. This is Copper Lake, to the north east of Vesper Peak (photo taken from the summit), View from the rocky summit of Vesper Peak. Back at the outlet stream, I figured it was around 3pm, so if I wanted to avoid traffic, I had to kill another hour or so. This was a fun climb with lots of snow still around. There were always two within sight, except for that time when I lost the trail for a solid 15 minutes. You can see Sperry Peak, Del Campo Peak, Glacier Peak, Big Four Mountain, Copper Lake, Vesper Lake, Vesper Glacier, Three Fingers, Mount Pilchuck, Mount Rainier and much much more! Hi11mn11 From summit of Vesper Peak. info. The lessons learned will stay with me, no question about it. From Vesper you can look down to jade-green Copper Lake, one of the most stunningly beautiful lakes in the North Cascades. Reserve a cabin, shelter or campsite along the lakeshore. 121 views There are no oceans in the Cascades, so I will have to settle for some glacial lakes. It’s just a scramble, but I wasn’t feeling up to it. The azure-colored Copper Lake sits in a hazy bowl north of Vesper Peak, between Little Chief, at left, and Big Four Mountain, not pictured. Sperry from the hike route on Vesper. THE MONTE CRISTO OUTING, 1918 MARGARET D. HARGRAVE • OW, everybody knows that of the genus Prospectus there are two species: Mountaineers and Mining. Vesper Peak Mountain Photos. Atop mountain summits, I rarely want to leave, for one of my favorite things about hiking in the Cascades in the layering of mountains that goes on. Baker, upper right. The standard route leaves from the Sunrise Mine Trailhead and proceeds through dense old-growth and a few stream crossings. We deserved it. Flat, which was nice, it meant I did get a warm up before the serious part started. Coming in from the Vesper Peak area when there is snow cover I'd guess wouldn't take too long. Vesper Peak offers excellent views of nearby peaks and lakes and is a great intermediate climb, whether you are headed up for an intense one-day ascent or taking an overnight at Elan Lake for a multi-day trip to Vesper and neighboring Sperry Peak. I figured the best way in was to hike in from Headlee Pass and down the Vesper Glacier. Be the first to share what you think! I put on microspikes (don’t think they made much of a difference given snow conditions) and traded pole for ice axe and started up. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. This provided a good overview of the area/surrounding area, but would not be practical between Vesper Lake and Vesper Peak due to size and general map clutter. Hiked 5/28/2015. The summit is 6,200 feet above Sea level and from the Trailhead a total evevation gain of about 4,000 feet and don't forget to sign the climbers log which is in a capluse at the summit. Once the snow ended, there was just under a hundred feet in elevation to reach the summit, a little scramble on big boulders, and a perfect place to have lunch, relax and enjoy the views. I’m a summer person. Now it's my favorite hike, too. It didn’t look nearly as bad going down as it had looking up. Bring a picnic and watch sunset over the water. The azure-colored Copper Lake sits in a hazy bowl north of Vesper Peak, between Little Chief (at left), and Big Four Mountain, not pictured. Vesper Peak via Ragged Edge. It's a long and hard hike, but you are rewarded with 360 degree views of some of the most spectacular peaks in Washington State. 87% Upvoted. Down on the other side of the pass, you hit another talus slope, this time with a slightly more obvious trail. Wanna see my trip photos from Ruth? Which I believe is actually called Lake Elan, but that seems to be an archaic name. “Shit, I’m climbing THAT?” (Vesper Peak is the snowy one), Copper Lake and the back of Big Four (the red peak) with Three Fingers and Whitehorse in the background. Cool off in the lake with your family. Discover similar stories in these categories: Follow us on a visual tour of the best hikes, backpacking trips, and must-see places in Washington State, the Pacific Northwest, and the Western United States. Copper Lake as seen from the summit of Vesper Peak. Good, informative report, and what views! The azure-colored Copper Lake sits in a hazy bowl north of Vesper Peak, between Little Chief (at left), and Big Four Mountain, not pictured. WTA website said the hike was 8 miles, but it definitely ended up being a lot more. Climbing photos at Vesper Peak uploaded by users of mountain-forecast.com On the map I'm including on this post, Vesper Peak is marked by the orange marker. Big Four Mountian on the right and Copper Lake on the left. save hide report. Vesper Peak is one of the best hikes in the North Cascades. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Vesper Peak, … ... Copper Lake and Big Four in the background. Baker and Mt. Climb and set up camp at notch where traverse starts for N. Ridge routes. Copper lake, seen from vesper peak, WA. The trail starts out through forest. 0 comments. Vesper Peak is covered by the Silverton, WA US Topo Map quadrant Free US Topo Map PDF ... Copper Lake: Water: 1.7 mi: Vesper Creek: Water: 1.8 mi: Kelly Creek: Water: 2.0 mi: Historical Weather. The trail has a few short switchbacks up through the tree clump before officially starting up to Headlee Pass. I took a break to water and slather on more sunscreen (learned the hard way back on Daniel) before continuing on. 18-19. Vesper Peak, Everybody's Favorite. unincorporated community Vesper Wisconsin, a village Vesper an abandoned village southwest of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada Vesper Peak a mountain in Washington Its nearest higher peak is Vesper Peak 0.74 miles 1.19 km to the west, and between them share a high connecting ridge. And indeed, on that day, Vesper did not disappoint. I had snacks at the top and searched for the summit register, which I never found. report. With two park units, you’ll find plenty of room to roam. Loved this ridgeline on the flanks of Vesper . Atop mountain summits, I rarely want to leave, for one of my favorite things about hiking in the Cascades in the layering of mountains that goes on. And yet, I forgot about stifling heat when walking through dense greenery, or how much water I’d want, or how I wish my damn water was cold. Begin at the Sunrise Mine Trailhead at the end of NF-4065 and follow the Sunrise Mine Trail into a dense fir and cedar forest. Lake Elan and Sperry Peak, as seen while descending Vesper. 360 degree view on the top is amazing. Copper Lake, I believe, was visible. Copper Lake and Vesper Glacier from Vesper Peak, Cascade Mountains This photo was taken from the summit of Vesper Peak in the North-Central Cascade Mountains. This is Copper Lake, to the north east of Vesper Peak (photo taken from the summit) View from the rocky summit of Vesper Peak. Between Vesper and Big Four, the smooth ridge of scoured granite would look right at home another couple of thousand of feet higher in elevation. ... Near the top we got our first glimpse of Copper lake and I had forgot I had seen pictures of it. Monte Cristos behind Del Campo and Gothic. Kathleen descending the granite slabs, rocking a sweet new Ultraspire Velocity pack! The peak is 9183 feet high and the views from the summit are stunning. If you just want to get to the lake I don't see why you should go to all the trouble of going up Williamson. The trail makes several stream crossings that require careful footing, The views down to Copper Lake and the red bulk of Big Four Mountain are inspiring. So for you cheap hikers out there who don’t want a legit GPS, if you aren’t doing anything too crazy I highly recommend peakbagger. I always joked that I thrive when it’s 90 degrees with 85% humidity. A great trip in great company. Change ), Distance: 8 miles (WTA says 9, Strava had me at just under 8 for the peak AND the lake), Elevation: 4100ft gain, 6200ft highest point, Commute from Seattle: 1:45 without traffic, Did I Trip: Probably at least once but no major repercussions. Hot, and sunny, and sticky and full of spiderwebs and lack of shade. ... Near the top we got our first glimpse of Copper lake and I had forgot I had seen pictures of it. save. The view to the south: Northwest of Vesper, I couldn’t believe the colour of Copper Lake. Vesper Peak via Ragged Edge. It's a long and hard hike, but you are rewarded with 360 degree views of some of the most spectacular peaks in Washington State. I got all of my things ready and grabbed my boots from the trunk. Lake Elan and Sperry Peak, as seen while descending Vesper. I hobbled out of bed Thursday morning, surprised that I was a little sore from Round Lake. Vesper Peak Images : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering Vesper Peak is a rugged peak in the north-central Cascades near Monte Cristo. Steep most of the time: 4200' in 4 miles. Be the first to submit your climbing note! Saw a few tents here and on a plateau above. Views are amazing. Let’s find out. This map gives more references south of Vesper Peak, where as the Green Trails Map puts this hike near the lower right boundary of the map. ( Log Out /  Keep your eyes open and don’t head too far to the right (gaining altitude) too quickly! You can't ask for more. The lake was entirely frozen over with just the edges barely melting out, but still beautiful given the alpine backdrop. (Credit: (“ Copper Lake from Vesper Peak” by Maurice King/Flickr[CC BY 2.0 (ept.ms/2haHp2Y)]) I’ve attempted Vesper three times, summited twice, and at last I think I am done — at least with the peak. Tree cover was scarce on this section, but eventually the sun hid behind a giant rocky peak east of the trail to keep us cool. I could have planned that better. We will shamelessly steal your trip ideas! I’ve attempted Vesper three times, summited twice, and at last I think I am done — at least with the peak. Mountain Loop Highway, North Cascades, WA. u/official_joe. I almost didn’t even notice the view to the left until I glanced up by chance, only to be greeted by Copper Lake and the back of Big Four with Three Fingers and Whitehorse in the background. 2 years ago. Hike the Sunrise Mine Trail 2.7 miles to Headlee Pass at 4,720 ft. From the pass, follow trail skirting around the south flanks of Sperry Peak to the upper Vesper Creek basin between Sperry and Vesper Peaks. View of Copper Lake from just below the summit of Vesper, with Baker lurking in the background. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. 0 comments. Fish 'til you drop - from boat, pier or shore - at peaceful Cooper Lake. From the Vesper summit we are looking beyond Sperry Peak to Glacier Peak and Sloan Peak. All rights reserved. From the summit ridge there are views of Spada Lake and an endless sea of ridges and peaks. nice report! After a half hour or so I started back down, which as usual went much more quickly than I expected. The beautiful view from the summit of Vesper Peak. Loved this ridgeline on the flanks of Vesper . Be the first to share what you think! (Caleb Hutton / Herald file) Coming weeks Basically, aim for the patch of trees slightly to the right. ... Copper Lake as seen from the summit of Vesper Peak. This thread is archived. Here at the pass we stopped for a quick bite to eat. Going back across the talus field in Wirtz Basin was easier than the way up, probably because I had more of an idea of the route than I had earlier in the day. Fewer spiderwebs on the way back. Vesper Lake sits in a rocky bowl between Vesper and Sperry Peak in an alluring alpine environment with sparse vegetation. And it turned out to be pretty damn doable with some phenomenal views from the top: snowy peaks, a few clouds, a lake, and who knew the back of Big Four was so red? Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Vesper Peak, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit. And have some water. Vesper Peak Trail is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Index, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. WTA website said the hike was 8 miles, but it definitely ended up being a lot more. Vesper Peak. I hiked to the peak of Bald Mountain last summer. Below the snow there might or might not be Vesper Lake, What a grand scale - view from right below Vesper's summit, Looking back toward the valley and the craggy peaks all around us. Here are the views we enjoyed while having lunch. Copper lake, seen from vesper peak, WA. First boulder field/talus slop – aim for the patch of trees on the right. 2 comments. We continued up the valley, then on a bolder/scree field on the west shoulder, until we got to the bottom of a gully leading up to Headlee Pass. You can see Sperry Peak, Del Campo Peak, Glacier Peak, Big Four Mountain, Copper Lake, Vesper Lake, Vesper Glacier, Three Fingers, Mount Pilchuck, Mount Rainier and much much more! Saw a few tents here and on a plateau above. It's an easy scramble to Vesper Peak over a wide granite slope. We'll get to that. Climb and set up camp at notch where traverse starts for N. Ridge routes. The water as it leaves the outlet is turquoise blue, pointing to the lakes glacier origin. The water as it leaves the outlet is turquoise blue, pointing to the lakes glacier origin. Standing on Vesper Peak Summit at Sunset looking out towards Mt Rainier and the layers of … This was a Seattle Mountaineers scrambling trip with a group of 10 other folks. My other option was barefoot trail runners, and I didn’t think those would cut it in the snow, so wet shoes it was! Bi1 Four Mountain al the right. The area was a hotbed of gold and silver mining activity in the late 1800's through the early part of the 20th century. Green Trails Map: Mountain Loop Highway, Map 111SX Ascend to Hall Peak / Big Four Mtn col. Drop down through likely thickly wooded and steep slopes towards outlet of Copper Lake. That’s right, spiders, I’m the apex predator here, you bastards. Distance: 8 miles (WTA says 9, Strava had me at just under 8 for the peak AND the lake) Elevation: 4100ft gain, 6200ft highest point. Pingback: Spring Training | Have Tent, Will Travel. ... Vesper Peak from the Vesper/Sperry saddle... the high point between Vesper and Sperry is on the right. Once on the other side, we started switch-backing up in humid, 90 degrees weather, sweating like a shower. Vesper Peak is covered by the Silverton, WA US Topo Map quadrant Free US Topo Map PDF ... Copper Lake: Water: 1.7 mi: Vesper Creek: Water: 1.8 mi: Kelly Creek: Water: 2.0 mi: Historical Weather. Another shot of Glacier, Sloan, and Sperry: The view to the north with the top of Vesper at the far left: The view to the west: To the lake! Vesper Lake is squeezed, like a thumbprint in clay, deep in the saddle between the twin summits of Sperry Peak and Vesper Peak. It would be great to spend the night up here, too, and enjoy a fabulous sunset with a hot whiskey cider in your hand. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Rarely is a lake situated so close and steeply below two summits like this–its unique setting gives you remarkably up-close (and straight-up) views of mountainous terrain. Shit, is my left shoulder burning? Standing on Vesper Peak Summit at Sunset looking out towards Mt Rainier and the layers of the cascade range, WA. Skin to base of Vesper Glacier (name?) Steep most of the time: 4200' in 4 miles. Copyright © Daniel and Timea Zilcsak. and could scramble to the highest point. D The painted bat Kerivoula picta is a species of vesper … One of my friends saw your trip report on WTA and I surfed my way to your blog, which is GREAT! Rocks are grippy, so not much danger of … Mountain Loop Highway, North Cascades, WA. The helicopter flew to Copper Lake below the north side of Vesper, where the team had dropped off some gear in order to reduce weight for the hoist; while we were on the ground, the flight medic (Richard) gave me some morphine and resplinted my foot. The peak was named for A. Which is a bitch. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Big Four Mountian on the right and Copper Lake on the left. From the trail head we hiked for about 20 minutes through dense foliage to reach a narrow creek crossing. share. previous | next: Photos are copyrighted Long B. Nguyen and not to be used without permission A view of Copper Lake from atop Vesper Peak in Washington state on October 16, 2015. The hike up to Headlee Pass was on some pretty steep snow but wasn't that bad. Ripe huckleberry at the basin near Vesper Creek. 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