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

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.

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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.
WI2-3 Steep Snow
 128
North Ridge
Ice, Snow, Alpine
Mod. Snow
 131
Coleman/Deming Glacier
Snow, Alpine
Easy Snow
 82
Easton Glacier
Snow, Alpine
Easy Snow
 67
East Ridge
Snow, Alpine
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 161
South Arete
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 325
Beckey Route (SW Face)
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Mod. Snow
 162
West Ridge
Trad, Snow, Alpine
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 75
Ragged Edge
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 279
Southwest Rib
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 134
Northwest Corner (a.k.a. Boving-…
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 61
East Face
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 95
Direct East Buttress
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c C2
 85
Liberty Crack
Trad, Aid, Alpine 12 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 167
The West Face
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 64
The Hitchhiker
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North Ridge Mt Baker
 128
WI2-3 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine
Coleman/Deming Glacier Mt Baker
 131
Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine
Easton Glacier Mt Baker
 82
Easy Snow Snow, Alpine
East Ridge Eldorado Peak
 67
Easy Snow Snow, Alpine
South Arete Washington Pass > S Early Winters Spire
 161
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Beckey Route (SW Face) Washington Pass > Liberty Bell
 325
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
West Ridge Boston Basin > Forbidden Peak
 162
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Mod. Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine
Ragged Edge Vesper Peak
 75
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Southwest Rib Washington Pass > S Early Winters Spire
 279
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Northwest Corner (a.k.a. Bo… Washington Pass > N Early Winter Spire
 134
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
East Face Washington Pass > Lexington Tower
 61
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
Direct East Buttress Washington Pass > S Early Winters Spire
 95
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
Liberty Crack Washington Pass > Liberty Bell
 85
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c C2 Trad, Aid, Alpine 12 pitches
The West Face Washington Pass > N Early Winter Spire
 167
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
The Hitchhiker Washington Pass > S Early Winters Spire
 64
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
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