Washington CLIMBING/HIKING TRIP REPORTS



This page provides links to my climbing trip reports in the North Cascades and Olympic Mountains of Washington State. I've done most of my alpine climbing in the North Cascades. You can access the trip reports by clicking on the interactive map below, scrolling to the list below, or using the sidebar to the left.

To find out more about the stunning area in the photo to the left (which is also the image for my website header and one of the most spectacular places on earth), go to my Picket Range page.


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I have arranged my Washington trip repots in the following categories (click to jump to that category):

KEY:
  • Some of my favorites are in red.
  •      = summer conditions
  •      = fall conditions
  •      = winter conditions
  •      = spring conditions

CASCADE MOUNTAIN RANGE & OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN RANGE
SUMMIT / AREA ROUTE DATE / LINK

Alpine Climbs (mostly summer, some fall-winter-spring)
• AASGARD Sentinel 1. Acid Baby (5.10, 6-7p, 900')
2. The Valkyrie (5.10, 6-7p, 900')
1.     Jun'15
2.     Aug'16
• AMPHITHEATER Mountain • West Ridge (3rd)
    Jul'16
• Mount BAKER 1. Coleman-Deming Glacier
2. North Ridge
1.     Jun'04,
    Sep'06
2.     Jun'12
• BALDUR (Valhallas) Geri-Freki Glacier Route (3rd)     Jul'07
• BEAR Mountain North Buttress (IV, 5.10)     Jul'10
• BERDEEN Peak East Ridge (3rd/4th) to NW Slopes (3rd)     Aug'12
• BIG KANGAROO Beckey-Tate (5.9, 900')     Jun'16
• BONANZA Peak Soviet Route (aka N Face of SW Peak) (V, 5.10a)
    Aug'12
• Mt. BOOKER Northwest Route (3rd)     Aug'12
• Mt. BUCKNER North Face     Mar'10
• BURGUNDY Spire North Face (5.8+, 800')     Sep'09
    Jun'16
• CATHEDRAL Peak Southeast Buttress (5.9, 1000')     Jul'16
• Mt. CHALLENGER 1. Challenger Arm (5.6)
2. Middle Peak W Flank (3rd)
1.     Jul'07,     Aug'08
2.     Aug'12
• CHIANTI Spire East Face, aka Rebel Yell (III, 5.10)     Aug'10
• CHOPPING Block NW Route (5th)     Jul'08
• COLCHUCK Balanced Rock 1. NW Ridge (5.6)
2.
West Face (5.11+/12-, 8p, 900')
1.     Jun'08
2.     Aug'16
• COLCHUCK Peak Colchuck Glacier     Jun'08
• COLONIAL Peak West Ridge (Standard Route) (3rd)     Jul'12
• CONCORD Tower North Face (II, 5.7, 300', 3p)     Jul'13
• Mt. CROWDER SW Flank (3rd) to NE Ridge (4th/low5th)     Aug'12
• Mt. CUSTER traverse from Mt. Rahm (3rd), down S Ridge (3rd)     Jul'12
• DEGENHARDT South Route Variation (5th)     Jul'09
• DEL CAMPO Peak From Foggy Lake
    Jul'12
• Mt. DESPAIR North Peak North Ridge (3rd)     Aug'12
• DOME Peak Dome Glacier Route     Jul'09
• DRAGONTAIL Peak 1. Colchuck Glacier Route
2.
Serpentine Arête (5.8)
1.     Jun'08
2.     Jun'09
• EASY Peak Easy Ridge (2nd)     Aug'12
• ELDORADO Peak 1. Sibley Creek / Eldorado Glacier
2. Eldorado Creek / Eldorado Glacier
1.     Jul'06
2.     Feb'10
• FORBIDDEN Peak 1. West Ridge (5.6)
2. Torment-Forbidden Traverse
1.     Aug'06
2.     Aug'09
• Mt. FORMIDABLE South Route (3rd/4th)     Aug'07
• FRIGGA (Valhallas) from Frigga-Baldur Col (3rd)     Jul'07
• Mt. FURY North Buttress (5.8)     Aug'08
• Mt. GARFIELD Infinite Bliss (5.10c, 23p, sport)     Jun'09
• GERMAN HELMET North Ridge (5.5+)     Jul'09
• GLACIER Peak Gerdine/S Ridge     Jul'12
• Mt. GOODE Northeast Buttress (III+, 5.5)     Jul'12
• GOTHIC Peak From Foggy Lake     Jul'12
• GREEN GIANT Buttress Dreamer Direct/Urban Bypass (5.10b, 1000')     Jul'16
• Mt. HAGAN North Peak
East Slopes from Berdeen Lake (4th)     Aug'12
• HIDDEN LAKE Peak Standard Route (3rd)     Jun'08
• INSPIRATION Peak 1. East Ridge (5.9)
2. South Face (5.8)
1.     Jul'08
2.     Jul'09
• JOHANNESBURG Mountain NE Rib (IV, 4-5th)     Jul'10
• JUNO Tower Clean Break (IV, 5.10b/c, 1500', ~15p)     Jul'13
• KOLOLO Peak Lightning Creek Route, carry over to Glacier Peak     Jul'12
• LEXINGTON Tower 1. East Face (IV, 5.9+, 800', 9p)
2. North Face (II, 5.7, 300', 3p)
1.     Jun'15
2.     Jul'13
• LIBERTY BELL 1. Beckey Route (II, 5.6, 400', 4p)
2. Liberty Crack (V, 5.9 A2, 1200', 12+p)
1.     May'06
2.     Aug'09
• LITTLE ANNAPURNA North Side (3rd)     Oct'08
• Mt. LOGAN Fremont Glacier to Banded Glacier     Aug'12
• LUNA Peak SW Ridge (3rd)     Aug'07
• MINERAL Mountain East Slopes (3rd) to West Slopes (4th)     Aug'12
• MINUTEMAN Tower East Face (III, 5.10b, 600', 6p)     Aug'09
• MIXUP Peak East Face (3rd/4th)     Jul'09
• MORNING STAR Peak Mile High Club (5.10-, 700')     Jun'16
• SE ("HARD") MOX Peak
from West (5.5)     Jul'12
• MYSTERY Peak Mystery Ridge traverse (3rd)     Aug'12
• NORTH EARLY WINTER Spire 1. Northwest Corner (III, 5.9+, 600', 4p)
2. West Face (III, 5.11a, 300', 6-7p)
1.     Jun'15
2.     Jul'06
    Jul'13
• NORTH TWIN SISTER West Ridge (3rd/4th)     Oct'06
• Mt. OLYMPUS Hubert Glacier carry-over     Jul'07
• OUTRIGGER Peak North to South (low 5th)     Aug'08
• PAISANO Pinnacle West Ridge (5.8+, 600')     Jun'16
• PAUL BUNYAN'S STUMP SW Route (3rd)     Jul'12
• PINNACLE Peak North Ridge to SW Route (3rd/4th)     Jul'12
• PIONEER Peak NW Slopes (3rd)     Aug'12
• PRUSIK Peak 1. Boving-Christensen (5.10)
2.
Burgner-Stanley (5.9+)
3. Solid Gold (5.11a)
4. West Ridge (5.7)
5. (new route) "Energizer Bunny" FA (?) (5.10+ A0)
1.     Jun'15 
2.     Jul'06
    Jun'15
3.     Jun'15
4.     Aug'05,
    Oct'08

5.     Jun'15
• PYRAMID Peak South Slope (Standard Route) (2nd)     Jul'12
• The PYRAMID West Ridge (3rd)     Jul'09
• Mt. RAHM SW Route (3rd)     Jul'12
• Mt. RAINIER 1. Disappointment Cleaver
2. Liberty Ridge (IV)
3. Ptarmigan Ridge (IV)
1.     Jun'06
2.     Jul'10
3.     Jul'10
• Mt. REDOUBT South Route (3rd/4th)     Jul'12
• RUTH Mountain Standard N Side (3rd)     Sep'06
• Mt. SAINT HELENS Monitor Ridge (2nd)     Jun'10
• SHERPA Peak West Ridge (5.5, 450')     Jun'16
• Mt. SHUKSAN 1. Fisher Chimneys (3rd)
2.
North Face
1.     Jun'06
2.     Jun'13
• SILVER STAR Mountain Silver Star Glacier Route     Aug'10
• SLOAN Peak 1. Bedal Basin to SE Shelf to upper Corkscrew Route (4th)
2. Fire on the Mountain (5.10d, 1000')
1.     Jul'16
2.     Aug'16
• SNOW CREEK WALL 1. Outer Space (5.9)
2. Orbit (5.8)
3. Iconoclast (5.10c with 5.11a Psychopath variation)
4. Mary Jane Dihedral (5.9)
5. Hyperspace (5.11a)

Nearby:
6.
Condorphamine Addiction (10b, 675') (on Condor Buttress, NOT Snow Creek Wall)
1.              May'06/ Oct'07/ May'10/ Apr'13/ May'15/
Apr'16

2.           May'06/ Oct'07/ Apr'13/ May'15 
3.        Apr'07/ Apr'15/Apr'16
4.        Apr'07/
May'15/Apr'16

5.      Jun'14/ May'15

6.
     May'06/
Apr'16

• SNOWFIELD Peak West Ridge (Standard Route) (3rd)     Jul'12
• SOUTH EARLY WINTER Spire 1. East Buttress (IV, 5.11a or 5.10a/C0, 1100', 10p)
2. The Hitchhiker (IV, 5.11b, 900', 9p)
3. Northwest Face (III, 5.11a, 800', 5+p)
4. The Passenger (IV, 5.12a, 800', 9p)
5.
The Southern Man (IV, 5.12a or 5.11 C1, 1000', 7-9p)
6. Southwest Rib (III, 5.8, 900', 9-10p)
1.     Jul'06
2.     Jun'15
3.     Jun'15
4.     Jun'15
5.     Jun'15
6.     Jul'13
• Mt. SPICKARD South Slope (2nd)     Jul'12
• SPIRE Point East Face from Spire Col (4th to low 5th)     Aug'03
• STORM KING
Southwest Basin Route (Standard Route) (3rd)     Jul'12
• Mt. STUART 1. North Ridge Direct + Gendarme (5.9, 3000')
2. Stuart Glacier Couloir (IV)
1.     Jul'06
    Jun'16
2.     May'10
• SWISS Peak South Route (3rd)     Aug'12
• TENPEAK Mtn N Couloir (steep snow, 5.4)
    Jul'12
• Mt. TERROR 1. Stoddard Buttress (5.8)
2. West Ridge (3rd)
1.     Jul'09
2.     Jul'08
• TOMYHOI Peak SE Route (3rd)     Sep'06
• Mt. TORMENT  S Ridge (4th/5th)
    Aug'09
• Mt. TRIUMPH NE Ridge (5.7)     Sep'06
• TWIN NEEDLES Thread of Ice (FA) (alpine ice to 5.7 rock)     Jun'09
• VASILIKI Tower North Ridge     Aug'10
• VESPER Peak 1. North Face (ACCIDENT/RESCUE)
2. East Flank, snowy
3. Ragged Edge (5.7, 700')
1.     Sep'10
2.     Dec'11
3.     Jun'16
• WEST MCMILLAN Spire West Ridge (3rd)     Jul'09
• WHATCOM Peak 1. South Route (3rd)
2. North Ridge (3rd)
1.     Jul'05,
    Aug'12
2.     Aug'08
• YELLOW ASTER Butte Standard Route (3rd)     Jul'08

Cross-Country Traverses / Multi-Summit Trips / etc. (mostly summer, some fall-winter)
• CASCADE VOLCANOES Aerial Photography Tour (winter conditions)
Rainier, Adams, Hood, Jefferson, Three Sisters, Crater Lake, Shasta, Lassen, St. Helens, and more!     Jan'13
• CHILLIWACK SLAM Spickard - Rahm - Custer - Redoubt - SE (Hard) Mox     Jul'12
• GLACIER PEAK CIRCUIT
Kololo - Glacier Peak (Gerdine/S Ridge) - Tenpeak - Kololo     Jul'12
• LARCH Trees in the Enchantments (and Rainy Pass area)
(Autumn Colors)     Oct'09/Oct'11
• MYSTERY RIDGE TO NORTHERN PICKETS ENCHAINMENT Berdeen - Hagan - Mystery - N Despair - Pioneer - Crowder - Swiss - Mid Challenger - Whatcom - Easy - Mineral     Aug'12
• OLYMPICS Traverse Valhallas - Mt. Olympus - Bailey Range - High Divide     Jul'07
• PICKETS - Northern I
Wiley Ridge - Challenger - Luna Creek     Jul'07
• PICKETS - Northern II
Access Creek - Luna     Aug'07
• PICKETS - Southern I
Inspiration - Chopping Block - Terror - Barrier     Jul'08
• PICKETS - Southern II
Inspiration - West McMillan - Degenhardt - Pyramid - Terror - Barrier     Jul'09
• PICKETS - Complete N-S Traverse N to S: Whatom - Challenger - Fury - Outrigger     Aug'08
• PTARMIGAN Traverse 1. North to South
2. South to North
1.     Aug'03
2.     Jul'09
• SAN JUAN ISLANDS Kayak Trip
"Kayakpacking" among the San Juan Islands in the Olympic Peninsula region     Jul'11
• SHI-SHI Beach Overnight Backpacking on Olympic Peninsula coast     Sep'10
• SNOWFIELD SLAM Snowfield - Pyramid - Pinnacle - Paul Bunyan's Stump - Colonial     Jul'12
• TANK Lakes 1. hike/overnight via Necklace Valley
2. snowshoe/overnight via Necklace Valley
1.     Oct'09
2.     Feb'10
• THUNDER SLAM Goode - Storm King - Booker - Logan     Jul'12
• TORMENT-FORBIDDEN Traverse (plus ridge bivy)     Aug'09

Winter Climbs & Snowshoes (also see Fire Lookouts section) (fall-winter-spring)
• Mt. ANN • North Side, snowy
        Dec'11/Jan'15
• ARROWHEAD Mountain • North Side - East Ridge, snowy
    Mar'12
• BACON Peak • From East, snowy
    May'12
• BUCKHORN Mtn West Ridge (snowy 3rd)     Apr'07
• Mt. BUCKNER North Face     Mar'10
• Mt. DICKERMAN & BIG FOUR Ice Caves • trail and snow
    Nov'13
• ELDORADO Peak • Eldorado Creek / Eldorado Glacier, winter
    Feb'10
• Higher SQUIRE NE to NW side, snowy     Jan'14
• ICICLE Ridge • Fourth of July Creek trail, snowy
    Apr'12
• "LITTLE DAVIE" on Davis Peak • South side, snowy
    Apr'12
• LITTLE SISTER • North to SW side, snowy
    Jan'15
• LOUIS Pk (aka Pt. 7787) & BUGGER Mtn (aka Mt. GIBBS) • "Rotten Molar Ridge" and East Ridge (respectively), snowy
    Jun'12
• Mt. McCAUSLAND SE side, snowy     Feb'12
• MORE RAIN Mountain via Torment Basin, snowy overnight     Feb'15
• OAKES Peak • South side, snowy
    May'12
• RED Mountain Ragged Ridge N side, snowy     May'12
• RUBY Mountain NW-W Ridge, snowy
    Dec'11
• SALVATION/HELLFIRE Peak • South side, snowy
    May'12
• SOURDOUGH Mountain & STETATTLE Ridge • snow-covered trail to Stetattle Ridge, overnight     Mar'13
• Mt. STUART Stuart Glacier Couloir (IV)     May'10
• TANK Lakes • snowshoe/overnight via Necklace Valley
    Feb'10
• VESPER Peak • East Flank, snowy
    Dec'11
• WARRIOR Peak NW Approach (snowy, 3rd/4th)     Apr'07

Fire Lookouts (mostly fall-winter, some summer)
• EVERGREEN Mountain/Lookout SW ridge, snowy
    Nov'11
• HIDDEN LAKE Lookout 1. Sibley Creek Trail (2nd/3rd)
2. snow-covered Sibley Creek Trail (winter)
1.     Jun'08
2.     Dec'09
• LOOKOUT Mountain Lookout snow-covered trail     Jan'12/Jan'13
• PARK BUTTE Lookout snow-covered trail     Oct'11
• Mount PILCHUCK Lookout • snow-covered trail     Jan'10
• SOURDOUGH Mountain Lookout trail and snow, two trips (winter and fall)
        Feb'12/Oct'13
• THREE FINGERS Lookout 1. South Peak (3rd)
2. South Peak (winter)
1.     Sep'08
2.     Mar'10
• WINCHESTER Mtn Lookout snow-covered trail, snowshoe/overnight     Feb'10