Elevation: 9,415 ft
GPS: 47.477, -120.902 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Kris Gorny on Jul 20, 2007
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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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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
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 Please update this if you find the closure is no longer in effect.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
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
Gary Clark
Bend, OR
Gary Clark   Bend, OR
The 50 Classics regular NR route isn't represented here, or am I missing something? Mar 4, 2019
Nick Sweeney
Spokane, WA
Nick Sweeney   Spokane, WA
Gary, you're missing something (somewhat). The 50 Classics version of the North Ridge uses a couloir to skip the lower part of the North Ridge and avoids the Gendarme high on the ridge with a rappel and some gross, easy climbing to the right. The North Ridge routes listed on MP are the Direct North Ridge with Gendarme (IV 5.9+) and the Upper North Ridge with Gendarme (III 5.9). If you skip the Gendarme and avoid the lower North Ridge with the couloir, you can climb the North Ridge at III 5.6, but the Gendarme is widely considered to be the best part of the route. Mar 4, 2019