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Mt. Washington Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,795'
Location: 44.3323, -121.8384 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Stephen Davis on Jul 14, 2008


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Mt Washington lifts her veil for a moment


Mt. Washington is an eroded volcanic plug in the central Oregon Cascades, the main rock types are basalts, including andesite. As with most Oregon cascade mountains the rock quality is generally crumbly and poor, however the quality does improve at the summit's exposed volcanic plug (still not super though). The majority of summits seem to happen from mid-June through September, although year round summit possibilities exist. There are several routes to the summit though the most popular is the North Ridge route. Make sure to sign the summit register!

Getting There 

From Highway 20 you take the turn off for Big Lake/Hoodoo ski bowl near Santiam Pass and continue on this road for 4.2 miles (US forest Service road #2690) till the road ends at the Patjens Lake trail head there is parking here and all along the roads numerous turn-outs. Take the Patjens lake trail for about a mile (shortly after it leaves the lake) then cut south-east through game trails to meet up with the Pacific-Crest trail and continue along the PCT for another mile or so till you'll see the climbers trail to your left, it is supposedly marked by a cairn but is snow fields are still present it can be easy to miss so pay close attention, if you hit Cold water Springs you've gone to far. Follow the climbers trail/bushwhack east till you hit the ridge desired for your route. An alternative and my recommended approach (although it is a couple miles longer) is to park at the PCT trailhead turnout off Hwy 20, about 3/4 mile further down the road if comming from the west. From the trailhead take the PCT south till the climbers trail just before Cold Water Springs. Both trailheads require self issued wilderness permits available at the trailheads. And I'm not sure but think you might need a Northwest Forest Pass or equivalent. Call the McKenzie River Ranger District Phone: 541-822-3381 for additional information.

Climbing Season

For the Oregon Volcanoes area.

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Washington

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Washington:
North Ridge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, 2 pitches   
North Ridge - Summer   5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   
West Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 7 pitches, 650'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Washington from the North/Northwest

West Ridge 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  OR : Oregon Volcanoes : Mt. Washington
With the possible exception of the SE Spur this is the best climb on Mt Washington. For High Cascade in Oregon this route has excellent rock, maybe the best on any mountain in Oregon. But it is still poor compared to the Sierras or North Cascade. I have climbed this route at least four times. The last time I climbed it, my climb partner, Paige and I had a very fun and rewarding climb.Route: With the exceptions of the starting dihedral and a “V” chimney on the summit massive there are multiple ...[more]   Browse More Classics in OR

Photos of Mt. Washington Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The volcanic plug as seen from the North looking s...
BETA PHOTO: The volcanic plug as seen from the North looking s...
Rock Climbing Photo: Heading up the north ridge
Heading up the north ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: North West Bowl from the bottom
North West Bowl from the bottom

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