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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KEY:
ROUTES: Favorites are in red.
LINKS: SummerFallWinterSpring conditions.

CASCADE MOUNTAIN RANGE & OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN RANGE




Alpine Climbs 
(mostly summer, some fall-winter-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
 AMPHITHEATER Mountain HWY 20 • West Ridge (3rd)
Jul'16
 Mount BAKER SR 542 1. Coleman-Deming Glacier
2. North Ridge
1.  Jun'04
     Sep'06
2. Jun'12
 BALDUR (Valhallas) Oly-mpic Penin Geri-Freki Glacier Route (3rd) Jul'07
• BEAR Mountain HWY 1 (BC) North Face Buttress (IV, 5.10, 2200') Jul'10
• BERDEEN Peak HWY 20 East Ridge (3rd/4th) to NW Slopes (3rd) Aug'12
• BIG KANGAROO HWY 20 Beckey-Tate (5.9, 900') Jun'16
• BONANZA Peak Ste-hekin • Soviet Route (aka N Face of SW Peak) (V, 5.10a)
Aug'12
• Mt. BOOKER HWY 20 Northwest Route (3rd) Aug'12
• Mt. BUCKNER HWY 20 North Face (spring conditions) Mar'10
 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
 Mt. CHALLENGER HWY 20 1. Challenger Arm (5.6)
2. Middle Peak W Flank (3rd)
1.  Jul'07
     Aug'08
2. Aug'12
• CHIANTI Spire HWY 20 Rebel Yell (aka East Face) (III, 5.10) Aug'10
• CHOPPING Block HWY 20 NW Route (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
• COLCHUCK Peak HWY 2 Colchuck Glacier Jun'08
• COLONIAL Peak HWY 20 West Ridge (Standard Route) (3rd) Jul'12
• CONCORD Tower HWY 20 North Face (II, 5.7, 300', 3p) Jul'13
• 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 S Ridge (3rd) Jul'12
• DEGENHARDT HWY 20 South Route Variation (5th) Jul'09
• DEL CAMPO Peak Mtn Loop From Foggy Lake
Jul'12
• Mt. DESPAIR North Peak HWY 20 North Ridge (3rd) Aug'12
• DOME Peak HWY 20 Dome Glacier Route Jul'09
 DRAGONTAIL Peak HWY 2 1. Colchuck Glacier Route
2. Dragons of Eden (5.12a, 4-6p, 650') + NE Buttress (4th-5.7, 1600 additional ft)
3.
Serpentine Arête (5.8, 2000')
1. Jun'08
2.  Aug'17
3. Jun'09
• EASY Peak SR 542 Easy Ridge (2nd) Aug'12
 ELDORADO Peak HWY 20 1. Sibley Creek / Eldorado Glacier
2. Eldorado Creek / Eldorado Glacier
1. Jul'06
2. Feb'10
 FORBIDDEN Peak HWY 20 1. West Ridge (5.6)
2. Torment-Forbidden Traverse
1. Aug'06
2. Aug'09
• Mt. FORMIDABLE HWY 20 South Route (3rd/4th) Aug'07
• FRIGGA (Valhallas) Oly-mpic Penin from Frigga-Baldur Col (3rd) Jul'07
• 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 (5.5+) Jul'09
• GLACIER Peak HWY 2 Gerdine/S Ridge Jul'12
• GOAT Wall HWY 20 Flyboys (5.9, 18p, 1500') May'18
• Mt. GOODE HWY 20 Northeast Buttress (III+, 5.5) Jul'12
• GOTHIC Peak Mtn Loop From Foggy Lake Jul'12
• GREEN GIANT Buttress Mtn Loop Dreamer Direct/Urban Bypass (5.10b, 1000') Jul'16
• Mt. HAGAN North Peak
HWY 20 East Slopes from Berdeen Lake (4th) Aug'12
• HIDDEN LAKE Peak HWY 20 Standard Route (3rd) Jun'08
 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 (IV, 4-5th) Jul'10
• JUNO Tower HWY 20 Clean Break (IV, 5.10b/c, 1500', ~15p) Jul'13
• KOLOLO Peak HWY 2 Lightning Creek Route, carry over to Glacier Peak Jul'12
 LEXINGTON Tower HWY 20 1. East Face (IV, 5.9+, 800', 9p)
2. North Face (II, 5.7, 300', 3p)
1. Jun'15
2. Jul'13
 LIBERTY BELL HWY 20 1. Beckey Route (II, 5.6, 400', 4p)
2. Liberty Crack (V, 5.9-10d C2, 1200', 10-14p)
3. Northwest Face (II+, 5.9 (var. 10d), 600', 4p)
1. May'06
2. Aug'09 
     Sep'17 
3.  Jul'17
• LITTLE ANNAPURNA HWY 2 North Side (3rd)  Oct'08
• Mt. LOGAN HWY 20 Fremont Glacier to Banded Glacier Aug'12
• LUNA Peak HWY 20 SW Ridge (3rd) Aug'07
• MINERAL Mountain SR 542 East Slopes (3rd) to West Slopes (4th) Aug'12
• MINUTEMAN Tower HWY 20 East Face (III, 5.10b, 600', 6p) Aug'09
• MIXUP Peak HWY 20 East Face (3rd/4th) Jul'09
• MORNING STAR Peak Mtn Loop Mile High Club (5.10-, 700') Jun'16
• SE ("HARD") MOX Peak
HWY 1 (BC) from West (5.5) Jul'12
• MYSTERY Peak HWY 20 Mystery Ridge traverse (3rd) Aug'12
• MYTHIC Peak (5187) (aka GREEN CREEK Wall) SR 542 Mythic Wall (5.10a, 900', 7p) Aug'17
 NORTH EARLY WINTER Spire HWY 20 1. Northwest Corner (III, 5.9+, 600', 4p)
2. West Face (III, 5.11a, 300', 6-7p)
1. Jun'15 
     Aug'17
2.  Jul'06 
     Jul'13 
     Aug'17
• NORTH TWIN SISTER SR 542 West Ridge (3rd/4th) Oct'06
• Mt. OLYMPUS Oly-mpic Penin Hubert Glacier carry-over Jul'07
• OUTRIGGER Peak HWY 20 North to South (low 5th) Aug'08
• PAISANO Pinnacle HWY 20 1. Rampage (5.10d, 4p, 500')
2.
West Ridge (5.8+, 600')
1.  Jul'17
2.  Jun'16
• 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
 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
• 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
2. Liberty Ridge (IV)
3. Ptarmigan Ridge (IV)
1. Jun'06
2. Jul'10
3. Jul'10
• Mt. REDOUBT HWY 1 (BC) South Route (3rd/4th) Jul'12
• RUTH Mountain SR 542 Standard N Side (3rd) Sep'06
• SALISH Peak Mtn Loop Flight of the Falcon (5.10b/c, 700', 9p) Aug'17
• Mt. SAINT HELENS St. Helens Monitor Ridge (2nd) Jun'10
• SHERPA Peak HWY 2 West Ridge (5.5, 450') Jun'16
 Mt. SHUKSAN SR 542 1. Fisher Chimneys (3rd)
2.
North Face
1. Jun'06
2. Jun'13
• SILVER STAR Mountain HWY 20 Silver Star Glacier Route Aug'10
 SLOAN Peak Mtn Loop 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 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
• SNOWFIELD Peak HWY 20 West Ridge (Standard Route) (3rd) Jul'12
 SOUTH EARLY WINTER Spire HWY 20 1. East Buttress (IV, 5.11a or 5.10a/C0, 1100', 10p)
2. The Hitchhiker (IV, 5.11-, 900', 8p)
3. Northwest Face (III, 5.11a, 800', 5+p)
4. The Passenger (IV, 5.11+, 800', 7p)
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,
    
 May'18
3.  Jun'15
4.  Jun'15 
     Jul'17
5. Jun'15
6.  Jul'13
• Mt. SPICKARD HWY 1 (BC) South Slope (2nd) Jul'12
• SPIRE Point HWY 20 East Face from Spire Col (4th to low 5th) Aug'03
• STORM KING
HWY 20 Southwest Basin Route (Standard Route) (3rd) Jul'12
 Mt. STUART HWY 2 1. North Ridge Direct + Gendarme (5.9, 3000')
2. Stuart Glacier Couloir (IV)
1.  Jul'06 
     Jun'16
2. May'10
• SUPERCAVE Wall HWY 20 Ellen Pea (5.11c, 7p, 900') Aug'17
• SWISS Peak HWY 20 South Route (3rd) Aug'12
• TENPEAK Mtn HWY 2 North Couloir (steep snow, 5.4)
Jul'12
 Mt. TERROR HWY 20 1. Stoddard Buttress (5.8)
2. West Ridge (3rd)
1. Jul'09
2. Jul'08
• TOMYHOI Peak SR 542 SE Route (3rd) Sep'06
 Mt. TORMENT HWY 20  S Ridge (4th/5th)
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
• VASILIKI Tower HWY 20 North Ridge Aug'10
 VESPER Peak Mtn Loop 1. North Face (ACCIDENT/RESCUE)
2. East Flank, snow-covered
3. Ragged Edge (5.7, 700')
1.  Sep'10
2.  Dec'11
3.  Jun'16
• WEST MCMILLAN Spire HWY 20 West Ridge (3rd) Jul'09
 WHATCOM Peak HWY 20 1. South Route (3rd)
2. North Ridge (3rd)
1.  Jul'05
     Aug'12
2. Aug'08
• 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 Oly-mpic 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
Oly-mpic Penin "Kayakpacking" among the San Juan Islands in the Olympic Peninsula region Jul'11
• SHI-SHI Beach Overnight Oly-mpic Penin Backpacking on Olympic Peninsula coast Sep'10
• SNOWFIELD SLAM HWY 20 Snowfield - Pyramid - Pinnacle - Paul Bunyan's Stump - Colonial Jul'12
• TANK Lakes 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

Winter/Spring Climbs & Snowshoes 
(also see Fire Lookouts section)
(fall, winter, spring)
SUMMIT / AREA LOC (Rd) ROUTE DATE / LINK
• Mt. ANN SR 542 North side (snow-covered)
Dec'11 
Jan'15
• ARROWHEAD Mountain HWY 2 • North side - East Ridge (snow-covered)
Mar'12
• BACON Peak HWY 20  East side (snow-covered)
May'12
• BUCKHORN Mtn Oly-mpic 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
Jun'12
• CANYON Ridge SR 542 • Pt. 5327 to Pt. 5405 (W to E)
Nov'13
• DAMNATION Peak SR 542 • South Ridge (snow-covered)
 Dec'17
• Mt. DICKERMAN & BIG FOUR Ice Caves Mtn Loop snow-covered trail
Nov'13
• DOCK Butte HWY 20 •East side (snow-covered)
Feb'17
• ELDORADO Peak HWY 20 Eldorado Creek / Eldorado Glacier (snow-covered)
Feb'10
• EXCELSIOR Peak SR 542  snow-covered Excelsior Pass trail Jan'17
• GOAT Mountain HWY 20 • snow-covered logging roads Jan'17
• WEST GRANITE Mountain I-90 • South side (snow-covered) Feb'17
• HAMILTON Mountain Oly-mpic Penin East side (snow-covered) Feb'18
• HUMPBACK Mountain I-90 NW Ridge (snow-covered) Mar'18
• Higher SQUIRE Mtn Loop NE to NW side (snow-covered) Jan'14
• ICICLE Ridge HWY 2 • snow-covered Fourth of July Creek trail
Apr'12
• "LITTLE DAVIE" on Davis Peak HWY 20 South side (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
• LITTLE SISTER SR 542 North to SW side (snow-covered)
Jan'15
• LOUIS Pk (aka Pt. 7787) HWY 20 • "Rotten Molar Ridge"
Jun'12
• Mt. McCAUSLAND HWY 2 SE side (snow-covered) Feb'12
• MORE RAIN Mountain HWY 20 via Torment Basin (snow-covered overnight) Feb'15
• MYTHIC Peak (5187)  SR 542 • NE Rib
Feb'15
• OAKES Peak HWY 20 South side (snow-covered)
 May'12
 Feb'18
• Point 6628 Oly-mpic Penin North side (snow-covered)
Mar'14
• RED Mountain HWY 20 Ragged Ridge North side (snow-covered) May'12
• RUBY Mountain HWY 20 NW-W Ridge (snow-covered)
Dec'11
• SALVATION/HELLFIRE Peak HWY 20 South side (snow-covered)
May'12
• SAUK Mountain HWY 20 • snow-covered trail
Nov'11
• SOURDOUGH Mountain & STETATTLE Ridge HWY 20  snow-covered trail (overnight) Mar'13
• Mt. STUART HWY 2 • Stuart Glacier Couloir (spring conditions) May'10
• TANK Lakes HWY 2 via Necklace Valley (snow-covered, overnight)
Feb'10
• UNION Peak HWY 2 • Smithbrook Road (snow-covered)
Jan'16
• VESPER Peak Mtn Loop East Flank (snow-covered)
Dec'11
• WARRIOR Peak Oly-mpic Penin NW Approach (snow-covered) Apr'07
• WELCOME Pass (Pt. 5933) SR 542  snow-covered Welcome Pass trail Jan'18

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. snow-covered Sibley Creek Trail (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