Washington CLIMBING/HIKING TRIP REPORTS



This page provides links to my climbing trip reports in Washington state. I live in northwest Washington, and the North Cascades are where my love of alpine climbing began. Although I climb all over the country, I will always be drawn to the Cascades for its rugged beauty, the sheer athleticism required to reach a summit, and the growing list of good rock routes being put up throughout the range. There are some good rock to be found too, if you know where to look.
You can access the trip reports by clicking on the interactive map below, scrolling to the list below that, 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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LINKS: SummerFallWinterSpring conditions.





Technical Rock
(mostly summer, some fall & spring)
SUMMIT / AREA LOC (Rd) ROUTE DATE / LINK
 AASGARD Sentinel HWY 2 1. Acid Baby (5.10, 6-7p, 900')
2. The Valkyrie (5.10, 6-7p, 900')
1.  Jun'15
2.  Aug'16
• BEAR Mountain HWY 1 (BC) North Face Buttress (5.10, 2200') Jul'10
• BIG KANGAROO HWY 20 Beckey-Tate (5.9, 900') Jun'16
• BONANZA Peak Ste-hekin • Soviet Route (aka N Face of SW Peak) (5.10a)
Aug'12
 BURGUNDY Spire HWY 20 1. Action Potential (5.9, 5.10b/c, 7+p, 800')
2.
 North Face (5.8+, 800')
1.  Jul'17
2.  Sep'09 
     Jun'16
• CATHEDRAL Peak HWY 20 Southeast Buttress (5.9, 1000') Jul'16
• CHIANTI Spire HWY 20 Rebel Yell (aka East Face) (5.10) Aug'10
• CHOPPING Block HWY 20 NW Route (mid-5th) Jul'08
 COLCHUCK Balanced Rock HWY 2 1. NW Ridge (5.6)
2. The Scoop (5.11c, 6+p, 900')
3.
West Face (5.11+/12-, 8+p, 850')
1.  Jun'08
2.  Aug'17
3.  Aug'16
• CONCORD Tower HWY 20 North Face (5.7, 300', 3p) Jul'13
• DEGENHARDT HWY 20 South Route Variation (mid-5th) Jul'09
 DRAGONTAIL Peak HWY 2 1. Dragons of Eden (5.12a, 4-6p, 650') + NE Buttress (4th-5.7, 1600 additional ft)
2.
Serpentine Arête (5.8, 2000')
3. Go to "Scrambles/Glacier..." section for another route.
1.  Aug'17
2. Jun'09
• EXFOLIATION Dome Mtn Loop 1. Ancient Melodies (5.11- or 5.10 A0, 7p)
2. Snake Charmer (5.11-, 6p)
1.  Aug'18
2. 
 Aug'18
 FORBIDDEN Peak HWY 20 1. West Ridge (5.6/7)
2. Torment-Forbidden Traverse (~1 mile, ~5.6/7)
1. Aug'06
2. Aug'09
• Mt. FURY HWY 20 North Buttress (5.8) Aug'08
• Mt. GARFIELD I-90 Infinite Bliss (5.10c, 23p, sport) Jun'09
• GERMAN HELMET HWY 20 North Ridge (mid-5th) Jul'09
• GOAT Wall HWY 20 Flyboys (5.9, 18p, 1500') May'18
• Mt. GOODE HWY 20 Northeast Buttress (mid-5th) Jul'12
• GREEN GIANT Buttress Mtn Loop Dreamer Direct/Urban Bypass (5.10b, 1000') Jul'16
• North GUNSIGHT Peak HWY 20 West Face (5.11+, 6p, 600') Aug'18
• INDEX TOWN Walls HWY 2 1. And Say (5.11b, 5p)
2. Brett Thompson and Scott Fuller Memorial Route (5.10+, 5p)
3. Davis-Holland+Lovin' Arms (10c, 6p)
4. Godzilla+Park Ranger (5.9+, 4p)
5. Hell Bent For Glory (10d, 7p)
6. Tatoosh+Free at Last (10d, 4p)

* 
Various other routes
1.  Oct'18
2. 
 Sep'18
3. 
 May'10/Jul'13/
             Apr'16

4.  Oct'18
5.  Aug'18
6. 
 Sep'18/Oct'18

*  2009-2018
 INSPIRATION Peak HWY 20 1. East Ridge (5.9)
2. South Face (5.8)
1. Jul'08
2. Jul'09
• JOHANNESBURG Mountain HWY 20 NE Rib (4th to mid-5th) Jul'10
• JUNO Tower HWY 20 Clean Break (5.10b/c, 1500', ~15p) Jul'13
 LEXINGTON Tower HWY 20 1. East Face (5.9+, 800', 9p)
2. North Face (5.7, 300', 3p)
1. Jun'15
2. Jul'13
 LIBERTY BELL HWY 20 1. Beckey Route (5.6, 400', 4p)
2. Liberty Crack (5.9-10d C2, 1200', 10-14p)
3. Northwest Face (5.9 (var. 10d), 600', 4p)
1. May'06
2. Aug'09 
     Sep'17 
3.  Jul'17
• MAMIE Peak SR 542 Ellation (5.11a or 5.10 A0, 700', 8p)  Oct'18
• MINUTEMAN Tower HWY 20 East Face (5.10b, 600', 6p) Aug'09
• MORNING STAR Peak Mtn Loop Mile High Club (5.10-, 700') Jun'16
• SE ("HARD") MOX Peak
HWY 1 (BC) from West (mid 5th) Jul'12
• MYTHIC Peak (5187) (aka GREEN CREEK Wall) SR 542 1. Mythic Wall (5.10a, 900', 7p)
2. Go to "Scrambles...Snowshoes" section for another route.
1.  Aug'17
 NORTH EARLY WINTER Spire HWY 20 1. Northwest Corner (5.9+, 600', 4p)
2. West Face (5.11a, 300', 6-7p)
1. Jun'15 
     Aug'17
2.  Jul'06 
     Jul'13 
     Aug'17
• PAISANO Pinnacle HWY 20 1. Rampage (5.10d, 4p, 500')
2.
West Ridge (5.8+, 600')
1.  Jul'17
2.  Jun'16
 PRUSIK Peak HWY 2 1. Beckey-Davis (5.9)
2. 
Boving-Christensen (5.10)
3.
Burgner-Stanley (5.9+)
4. Solid Gold (5.11a)
5. West Ridge (5.7)
6. (new route) "Energizer Bunny" FA (?) (5.10+ C1)
1.  Sep'17
2.  Jun'15 
3.  Jul'06 
     Jun'15
4.  Jun'15
5.  Aug'05
     Oct'08 
6.  Jun'15
• SALISH Peak Mtn Loop Flight of the Falcon (5.10b/c, 700', 9p) Aug'17
• SHERPA Peak HWY 2 West Ridge (5.5, 450') Jun'16
 SLOAN Peak Mtn Loop 1. Fire on the Mountain (5.10d, 1000')
2. Go to "Scrambles..." section for another route.
1.  Aug'16
 SNOW CREEK WALL HWY 2 1. Outer Space (5.9)
2. Orbit (5.8)
3. Iconoclast (5.11a /w Psychopath + Yellow Wall variations)
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/Apr'18
2. May'06/ Oct'07/ Apr'13/ May'15
3. Apr'07/ Apr'15/ Apr'16/ Apr'18
4.
Apr'07/ May'15/ Apr'16
5.
Jun'14/ May'15/May'18

6.
May'06/ Apr'16
 SOUTH EARLY WINTER Spire HWY 20 1. East Buttress (5.11a or 5.10a/C0, 1100', 10p)
2. The Hitchhiker (5.11-, 900', 8p)
3. Northwest Face (5.11a, 800', 5+p)
4. The Passenger (5.11+, 800', 7p)
5.
The Southern Man (5.12a or 5.11 C1, 1000', 7-9p)
6. Southwest Rib (5.8, 900', 9-10p)
1. Jul'06
2.  Jun'15,
    
 May'18
3.  Jun'15
4.  Jun'15 
     Jul'17
5. Jun'15
6.  Jul'13
• SPIRE Point HWY 20 East Face from Spire Col (4th to mid-5th) Aug'03
 Mt. STUART HWY 2 1. North Ridge Direct + Gendarme (5.9, 3000')
2. Go to "Scrambles...Alpine Ice..." section for another route.

1.  Jul'06 
     Jun'16

• SUPERCAVE Wall HWY 20 Ellen Pea (5.11c, 7p, 900') Aug'17
• TENPEAK Mountain HWY 2 North Couloir (steep snow and rock to mid-5th)
Jul'12
 Mt. TERROR HWY 20 1. Stoddard Buttress (5.8)
2. Go to "Scrambles..." section for another route.

1.  Jul'09

 Mt. TORMENT HWY 20  S Ridge (4th to mid-5th) on Torment-Forbidden Traverse
Aug'09
• Mt. TRIUMPH HWY 20 NE Ridge (5.7) Sep'06
• TWIN NEEDLES HWY 20 Thread of Ice (FA) (alpine ice to 5.7 rock) Jun'09
 VESPER Peak Mtn Loop 1. North Face (5.7)(ACCIDENT/RESCUE)
2. Ragged Edge (5.7, 700')
3. Go to "Scrambles...Snowshoes" section for another route.
1.  Sep'10
2.  Jun'16




Scrambles / Glacier / Alpine Ice / Snowshoes
(winter & spring & summer & fall)
SUMMIT / AREA LOC (Rd) ROUTE DATE / LINK
 AMPHITHEATER Mountain HWY 20 • West Ridge (3rd)
Jul'16
• Mt. ANN SR 542 North side (snow-covered)
Dec'11 
Jan'15
• ARROWHEAD Mountain HWY 2 • North side to East Ridge (snow-covered)
Mar'12
• BACON Peak HWY 20  East side (snow-covered)
May'12
 Mount BAKER SR 542 1. Coleman-Deming Glacier (snow)
2. North Ridge (steep snow and alpine ice)
1.  Jun'04
     Sep'06
2. Jun'12
 BALDUR (Valhallas) Olympic Penin Geri-Freki Glacier Route (3rd) Jul'07
• BERDEEN Peak HWY 20 East Ridge (3rd/4th) to NW Slopes (3rd) Aug'12
• Mt. BOOKER HWY 20 Northwest Route (3rd) Aug'12
• BUCKHORN Mtn Olympic Penin West Ridge (snow-covered) Apr'07
• Mt. BUCKNER HWY 20 North Face (snow-covered) Mar'10
• BUGGER Mtn (aka Mt. GIBBS) HWY 20 • East Ridge (3rd)
Jun'12
• CANYON Ridge SR 542 • Pt. 5327 to Pt. 5405 (W to E) (snow-covered)
Nov'13
 Mt. CHALLENGER HWY 20 1. Challenger Arm (glacier and short section of mid-5th rock)
2. Middle Peak W Flank (3rd)
1.  Jul'07
     Aug'08
2. Aug'12
• COLCHUCK Peak HWY 2 Colchuck Glacier (snow) Jun'08
• COLONIAL Peak HWY 20 West Ridge (Standard Route) (3rd) Jul'12
• Mt. CROWDER HWY 20 SW Flank (3rd) to NE Ridge (4th/low5th) Aug'12
• Mt. CUSTER HWY 1 (BC) traverse from Mt. Rahm (3rd), down South Ridge (3rd) Jul'12
• DAMNATION Peak SR 542 • South Ridge (snow-covered)
 Dec'17
• DEL CAMPO Peak Mtn Loop From Foggy Lake (3rd)
Jul'12
• Mt. DESPAIR North Peak HWY 20 North Ridge (3rd) Aug'12
• Mt. DICKERMAN & BIG FOUR Ice Caves Mtn Loop trail (snow-covered)
Nov'13
• DOCK Butte HWY 20 •East side (snow-covered)
Feb'17
• DOME Peak HWY 20 Dome Glacier Route (snow) Jul'09
 DRAGONTAIL Peak HWY 2 3. Colchuck Glacier Route (snow)
1-2. Go to "Technical Rock" section for two other routes.

3.  Jun'08
• EASY Peak SR 542 Easy Ridge (2nd) Aug'12
 ELDORADO Peak HWY 20 1. Eldorado Creek / Eldorado Glacier (snow)
2. Sibley Creek / Eldorado Glacier (snow)
1.  Feb'10
2.
Jul'06

• EXCELSIOR Peak SR 542  Excelsior Pass trail (snow-covered) Jan'17
• Mt. FORMIDABLE HWY 20 South Route (3rd/4th) Aug'07
• FRIGGA (Valhallas) Olympic Penin from Frigga-Baldur Col (3rd) Jul'07
• GLACIER Peak HWY 2 Gerdine/S Ridge (snow) Jul'12
• GOAT Mountain HWY 20 • logging roads (snow-covered) Jan'17
• GOTHIC Peak Mtn Loop From Foggy Lake (2nd/3rd) Jul'12
• WEST GRANITE Mountain I-90 • South side (snow-covered) Feb'17
• Mt. HAGAN North Peak
HWY 20 East Slopes from Berdeen Lake (4th) Aug'12
• HAMILTON Mountain Olympic Penin East side (snow-covered) Feb'18
• HIDDEN LAKE Peak HWY 20 Standard Route (3rd) Jun'08
• HIGHER SQUIRE Mtn Loop NE to NW side (snow-covered) Jan'14
• HUMPBACK Mountain I-90 NW Ridge (snow-covered) Mar'18
• ICICLE Ridge HWY 2 • Fourth of July Creek trail (snow-covered)
Apr'12
• INDEPENDENCE Peak Mtn Loop • Upper South Side W-E Contour
Dec'14
• JOVE Peak HWY 2 • Smithbrook Road (snow-covered)
Jan'16
• KOLOLO Peak HWY 2 Lightning Creek Route, carry over to Glacier Peak (2nd) Jul'12
• LITTLE ANNAPURNA HWY 2 North side (3rd)  Oct'08
• "LITTLE DAVIE" on Davis Peak HWY 20 South side (snow-covered)
Apr'12
• LITTLE SISTER SR 542 North to SW side (snow-covered)
Jan'15
• Mt. LOGAN HWY 20 Fremont Glacier to Banded Glacier (3rd) Aug'12
• LOUIS Pk (aka Pt. 7787) HWY 20 • "Rotten Molar Ridge" (3rd/4th)
Jun'12
• LUNA Peak HWY 20 SW Ridge (3rd) Aug'07
• MARTIN Peak Olympic Penin from Royal Basin (3rd) Aug'01
• Mt. MCCAUSLAND HWY 2 SE side (snow-covered) Feb'12
• MINERAL Mountain SR 542 East Slopes (3rd) to West Slopes (4th) Aug'12
• MIXUP Peak HWY 20 East Face (3rd/4th) Jul'09
• MORE RAIN Mountain HWY 20 via Torment Basin (snow-covered, overnight) Feb'15
• MYSTERY Peak HWY 20 Mystery Ridge traverse (3rd) Aug'12
• MYTHIC Peak (5187)  SR 542 2. NE Rib (snow-covered)
1. Go to "Technical Rock" section for another route.
2.  Feb'15
• NORTH TWIN SISTER SR 542 West Ridge (3rd/4th) Oct'06
• OAKES Peak HWY 20 South side (snow-covered)
 May'12
 Feb'18
• Mt. OLYMPUS Olympic Penin Hubert Glacier carry-over (snow) Jul'07
• OUTRIGGER Peak HWY 20 North to South (low 5th) Aug'08
• PAUL BUNYAN'S STUMP HWY 20 SW Route (3rd) Jul'12
• PINNACLE Peak HWY 20 North Ridge to SW Route (3rd/4th) Jul'12
• PIONEER Peak HWY 20 NW Slopes (3rd) Aug'12
• POINT 6628 Olympic Penin North side (snow-covered)
Mar'14
• PYRAMID Peak HWY 20 South Slope (Standard Route) (2nd) Jul'12
• The PYRAMID HWY 20 West Ridge (3rd) Jul'09
• Mt. RAHM HWY 1 (BC) SW Route (3rd) Jul'12
 Mt. RAINIER Rainier 1. Disappointment Cleaver (snow)
2. Liberty Ridge (steep snow, alpine ice)
3. Ptarmigan Ridge (steep snow, alpine ice)
1. Jun'06
2. Jul'10
3. Jul'10
• RED Mountain HWY 20 Ragged Ridge North side (snow-covered) May'12
• Mt. REDOUBT HWY 1 (BC) South Route (3rd/4th) Jul'12
• RUBY Mountain HWY 20 NW-W Ridge (snow-covered)
Dec'11
• RUTH Mountain SR 542 Standard North side (snow)  Sep'06
Oct'18
• SAHALE Mountain HWY 20 South Slope (3rd) Aug'02
• Mt. SAINT HELENS St. Helens Monitor Ridge (2nd) Jun'10
• SALVATION/HELLFIRE Peak HWY 20 South side (snow-covered)
May'12
• SAUK Mountain HWY 20 • trail (snow-covered)
Nov'11
 Mt. SHUKSAN SR 542 1. Fisher Chimneys (3rd)
2.
North Face (steep snow, alpine ice)
1. Jun'06
2. Jun'13
• SILVER STAR Mountain HWY 20 Silver Star Glacier Route (snow) Aug'10
 SLOAN Peak Mtn Loop 2. Bedal Basin to SE Shelf to upper Corkscrew Route (4th)
1. Go to "Technical Rock" section for another route.
2.  Jul'16
• SNOWFIELD Peak HWY 20 West Ridge (Standard Route) (3rd) Jul'12
• SOURDOUGH Mountain & STETATTLE Ridge HWY 20  trail (snow-covered, overnight) Mar'13
• Mt. SPICKARD HWY 1 (BC) South Slope (2nd) Jul'12
• STORM KING
HWY 20 Southwest Basin Route (Standard Route) (3rd) Jul'12
 Mt. STUART HWY 2 2. Stuart Glacier Couloir (steep snow, alpine ice)
1. Go to "Technical Rock" section for another route.
2.  May'10
• SWISS Peak HWY 20 South Route (3rd) Aug'12
 Mt. TERROR HWY 20 2. West Ridge (3rd)
1. Go to "Technical Rock" section for another route.
2.  Jul'08
• TOMYHOI Peak SR 542 SE Route (3rd) Sep'06
• UNION Peak HWY 2 • Smithbrook Road (snow-covered)
Jan'16
• VASILIKI Tower HWY 20 North Ridge (3rd) Aug'10
• VESPER Peak Mtn Loop 3. East Flank (snow-covered)
1-2. Go to "Technical Rock" section for two other routes.
3.  Dec'11
• WARRIOR Peak Olympic Penin NW Approach (snow-covered) Apr'07
• WELCOME Pass (Pt. 5933) SR 542  Welcome Pass trail (snow-covered) Jan'18
• WEST MCMILLAN Spire HWY 20 West Ridge (3rd) Jul'09
 WHATCOM Peak HWY 20 1. North Ridge (3rd)
2.
South Route (3rd)

1.  Aug'08
2. 
 Jul'05
     Aug'12

• YELLOW ASTER Butte SR 542 Standard Route (3rd) Jul'08

Cross-Country Traverses/Multi-Summit Trips/... 
(mostly summer, some fall & winter)
SUMMIT / AREA LOC (Rd) ROUTE DATE / LINK
• 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 HWY 1 (BC) Spickard - Rahm - Custer - Redoubt - SE (Hard) Mox Jul'12
• GLACIER PEAK CIRCUIT
HWY 2 Kololo - Glacier Peak (Gerdine/S Ridge) - Tenpeak - Kololo Jul'12
• LARCH Trees in the Enchantments (and Rainy Pass area)
HWY 2 (Autumn Colors) Oct'09/ Oct'11
• MYSTERY RIDGE TO NORTHERN PICKETS ENCHAINMENT HWY 20 - SR 542 Berdeen - Hagan - Mystery - N Despair - Pioneer - Crowder - Swiss - Mid Challenger - Whatcom - Easy - Mineral Aug'12
• OLYMPICS Traverse Olympic Penin Valhallas - Mt. Olympus - Bailey Range - High Divide Jul'07
• PICKETS - Northern I
HWY 20 Wiley Ridge - Challenger - Luna Creek Jul'07
• PICKETS - Northern II
HWY 20 Access Creek - Luna Aug'07
• PICKETS - Southern I
HWY 20 Inspiration - Chopping Block - Terror - Barrier Jul'08
• PICKETS - Southern II
HWY 20 Inspiration - West McMillan - Degenhardt - Pyramid - Terror - Barrier Jul'09
• PICKETS - Complete N-S Traverse HWY 20 N to S: Whatom - Challenger - Fury - Outrigger Aug'08
• PTARMIGAN Traverse HWY 20 1. North to South
2. South to North
1. Aug'03
2. Jul'09
• SAN JUAN ISLANDS Kayak Trip
Olympic Penin "Kayakpacking" among the San Juan Islands in the Olympic Peninsula region Jul'11
• SHI-SHI Beach Overnight Olympic Penin Backpacking on Olympic Peninsula coast Sep'10
• SNOWFIELD SLAM HWY 20 Snowfield - Pyramid - Pinnacle - Paul Bunyan's Stump - Colonial Jul'12
• TANK Lakes Overnight HWY 2 1. via Necklace Valley (autumn overnight, fall beauty)
2. via Necklace Valley (winter overnight, snowshoe)
1. Oct'09
2. Feb'10
• THUNDER SLAM HWY 20 Goode - Storm King - Booker - Logan Jul'12
• TORMENT-FORBIDDEN Traverse HWY 20 (plus ridge bivy) Aug'09

Fire Lookouts 
(mostly fall & winter, some summer)
SUMMIT / AREA LOC (Rd) ROUTE DATE / LINK
• EVERGREEN Mountain/Lookout HWY 2 SW Ridge (snow-covered)
Nov'11
• HIDDEN LAKE Lookout HWY 20 1. Sibley Creek Trail (early summer)
2. Sibley Creek Trail (snow-covered, winter)
1.  Jun'08
2.  Dec'09
• LOOKOUT Mountain Lookout HWY 20 snow-covered trail  Jan'12
 Jan'13
• PARK BUTTE Lookout HWY 20 snow-covered trail Oct'11
• Mount PILCHUCK Lookout Mtn Loop • snow-covered trail Jan'10
• SOURDOUGH Mountain Lookout HWY 20 snow-covered trail (winter and fall)
 Feb'12
 Oct'13
• THREE FINGERS Lookout Mtn Loop 1. South Peak (overnight, summer)
2. South Peak (overnight, winter)
1. Sep'08
2. Mar'10
• WINCHESTER Mtn Lookout SR 542 snow-covered trail (overnight) Feb'10