The second highest non-volcanic mountain in Washington state, located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. The North Ridge climb on Mt. Suart is one of the 50 North American Classic Climbs. Very beautiful mountain with high relative elevation of 5,335ft and serious approaches. The easiest way to get to the top (and off the mountain) is from the south via the Cascadian Couloir. The nearby Ingalls Peak, which is to the west of Mt. Stuart has some interesting climbing as well.
To approach Mt. Stuart from the south, take 970 from Cle Elum for about 11 miles and turn left into Teanaway Road. After about 14 miles Teanaway Road splits into North and West Fork Teanaway. Take the North Fork Teanaway Road to the trailhead parking lot at its end. Hike up Ingalls Way trail. At the second junction at 5600', take Longs Pass trail for Cascadian Couloir, or continue on Ingalls Way for Ingalls Lake, Mt. Stuart's West and North Ridges and go over Ingalls Pass.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mount Stuart and Vicinity:
Ingalls Peak, South Ridge 5.4 Trad, 4 pitches, 300 feet, Grade II
West Ridge 5.6 Trad, Grade III
South Headwall 5.7 Trad, 5 pitches, Grade II
Upper North Ridge w/Great Gendarme 5.9 Trad, 18 pitches, 1200 feet, Grade IV
The Direct North Ridge w/ Gendarme 5.9+ Trad, 20 pitches, 2000 feet, Grade IV
Gorillas in the Mist 5.11- Easy Snow Trad, Snow, 9 pitches, 1000 feet, Grade IV
Girth Pillar 5.11c WI2 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, 9415 feet, Grade V
Featured Route For Mount Stuart and Vicinity
The Direct North Ridge w/ Gendarme 5.9+ WA : Leavenworth : Mount Stuart and Vicinity
The Direct North Ridge combines the North Ridge from the notch with an extra 800 feet of fun climbing. Although loose in spots and somewhat lichen covered, the route offers those looking for a longer, harder day than the North Ridge good solid 5.9+ climbing. It will obviously be faster to simulclimb, my partner and I did this and completed the entire route in 6.5 hours, but the belays for each pitch take good gear and have decent stances. Roughly the first 3 pitches are the hardest. 1: Climb...[more] Browse More Classics in WA