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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.

Getting There

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.

For West and North Ridge, traverse Ingalls Lake in its west side, drop down to the meadows and ascent the faint trail onto Stuart Pass. From here find a way through talus to the shoulder below West Ridge and continue to Goat Pass.

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Trevor
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Trevor   Cottonwood Heights, UT
If approaching from the south (Stuart Lake Trailhead), some useful info: fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/… May 12, 2016
J.Roatch
Leavenworth, WA
J.Roatch   Leavenworth, WA
Trevor, I think you mean if you're approaching from the North/Leavenworth side. Jul 17, 2016
Calvin Landrus
Bend, OR
Calvin Landrus   Bend, OR
Not sure how long this has been in place but the road for the south approach, the Esmeralda/Ingalls Lake/Longs pass Trailhead, is blocked off about 1.5 miles before reaching the trailhead proper (as of 7/31/17). Not a big deal but must factor in at least a 1.5 mile longer hike.

Does anyone know why this closer is in effect? There was no obvious road damage to cause this. Please update this if you find the closure is no longer in effect. Aug 1, 2017
das1405
Portland
das1405   Portland
can someone tell me if this area is best approached by camping in enchantments - therefore requiring a permit? it looks like it is just outside the lottery area...can you camp south of mountain without permit/trespassing? Feb 5, 2018
Kyle Elliott
Everett, WA
Kyle Elliott   Everett, WA
@DAS1405 There is no permit needed (besides NW forest pass) for the south side of the mountain. on the north side, you can camp without a permit once you reach the ridge. Feb 7, 2018
Svit Kvltstein
Longyear City, Svalbard
Svit Kvltstein   Longyear City, Svalbard
@Calvin, closure not in effect this year as of summer 2018. Oct 13, 2018