Elevation: 7,011 ft
GPS: 48.509, -120.66 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Lizzy Trower on Jan 30, 2006
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

Description

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.

Getting There

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.

183 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at North Cascades

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Mod. Snow
 138
Coleman/Deming Glacier
Snow, Alpine
WI2-3 Steep Snow
 130
North Ridge
Ice, Snow, Alpine
Easy Snow
 71
East Ridge
Snow, Alpine
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 169
South Arete
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 342
Beckey Route (SW Face)
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Mod. Snow
 169
West Ridge
Trad, Snow, Alpine
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 77
Ragged Edge
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 288
Southwest Rib
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 139
Northwest Corner (a.k.a. Boving-…
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 62
East Face
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 55
East Face / Rebel Yell
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 100
Direct East Buttress
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c C2
 90
Liberty Crack
Trad, Aid, Alpine 12 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 172
The West Face
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 66
The Hitchhiker
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Coleman/Deming Glacier Mt Baker
 138
Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine
North Ridge Mt Baker
 130
WI2-3 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine
East Ridge Eldorado Peak
 71
Easy Snow Snow, Alpine
South Arete Washington Pass > S Early Winters Spire
 169
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Beckey Route (SW Face) Washington Pass > Liberty Bell
 342
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
West Ridge Boston Basin > Forbidden Peak
 169
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Mod. Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine
Ragged Edge Vesper Peak
 77
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Southwest Rib Washington Pass > S Early Winters Spire
 288
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Northwest Corner (a.k.a. Bo… Washington Pass > N Early Winter Spire
 139
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
East Face Washington Pass > Lexington Tower
 62
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
East Face / Rebel Yell Washington Pass > Silver Star & c… > Chianti Spire
 55
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Direct East Buttress Washington Pass > S Early Winters Spire
 100
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Liberty Crack Washington Pass > Liberty Bell
 90
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c C2 Trad, Aid, Alpine 12 pitches
The West Face Washington Pass > N Early Winter Spire
 172
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
The Hitchhiker Washington Pass > S Early Winters Spire
 66
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
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