Gaping crevasse on the Inspiration Glacier, North ...
The North Cascades are home to a huge number of sharp granite peaks with many excellent alpine climbs. With so much to offer and typical alpine approaches, you probably won't find mobs of other people. The granite is mostly very good, offering cracks, chimneys, flakes, roofs, etc. Summer is the time for alpine rock.
The general North Cascades area can be reached either by driving west on Highway 20 from I-5 (although Highway 20 is more often closed than not) or by driving east on Highway 2 to Leavenworth or I-90, then North on Highway 97 and North again on Highway 153, which meets up with the other side of Highway 20 in Twisp.
Weather station 12.3 miles from here
83 Total Routes
['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',36],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for North Cascades:
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The Passenger 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a WA
: Northwest Region
: ... : South Early Winters Spire
The Passenger is one of the best rock climbs in the Cascades. It is a long grade III or short grade IV, usually done in 7-8 pitches on flawless rock.p1 -5.10D (160 feet)Double Cracks right from the ground. Climb toward a massive roof and go left under roof clipping one bolt. Crux moves come before and after the roof. Belay is bolted.P2. 5.11bish. 140'ishClimb mellow cracks up the face above you to a roof. Roof has bolt on it. Pull roof through to the right via strange flares and campus moves. Th...[more] Browse More Classics in WA
Latest Regional Forum Messages
From: Denver, CO
Apr 3, 2011
The North Cascades are composed of a wide variety of rock types, but primarily Skagit gneiss, not granite. The rock tends to be crumbly, but there are pockets of good firm climbing. Forbidden Peak, Gunsight Mountain, Dome Peak, and Goode Mountain come to mind as being particularly solid. As the pictures above indicate, it is not the rock quality, but the glaciation and alpine ambiance that make this range unique in the lower 48!