Peak(s):  White BM  -  13,401 feet
Date Posted:  07/24/2015
Date Climbed:   07/17/2015
Author:  sanjuanmtneer
 Queen Basin route on White BM   

Beginning just a couple of hundred feet above Copper Creek, on the north side of the creek that drains Queen Basin, is a route marked with orange surveyors tape attached to tree limbs. It is pretty easy to follow and a path is beginning to develop.

After the Copper Creek Trail crosses from the north to the south side (about 10,080), the Queen Ann creek crossing can be identified by the many small logs along the northwest side of the trail that you use to get across it. Northeast of that creek crossing, I left the trail and climbed southeast through the trees for 5-10 minutes when I found the first of many pieces of orange surveyors tape tied to tree limbs. There is one section, close to the Queen Ann creek, that gets steep as it avoids a cliffy section.

It is a steep climb, but following this marked route is better than bushwacking. I didn't find any tape above about 11,000 where Queen Basin begins to level out. So I dropped about 50 feet to the southeast, entering the basin, and then followed game trails up through the trees through Queen Basin to above timberline, about 11,700. Game trails lead to the saddle between 12,832 and White Benchmark. From this saddle, the south ridge is a fun scramble to the top. I stayed on the ridge crest for most of the way.

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07/24/2015 13:00
Given the PITA nature of the forested part of Queen Basin, this route is not often taken. Continuing another mile or so up Copper Creek leads to the bottom of what I sometimes call "little Queen basin". Avalanches reach the valley in this location, so it’s easy travel right up the basin. This leads directly to the West face of Whiterock, or White BM by hopping over a low point in Whiterock’s West ridge.

The other route is longer but would start on the Deer Creek trail. From the trail, head North when it seems appropriate and get on NoName ridge to the summit of White.

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