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Big Kangaroo is the high point (8,280' elevation) of Kangaroo ridge, a ridgeline running north from Gilbert mountain and Kangaroo pass for 3 miles before terminating near Le Petit Cheval alongside highway 20. The west side is easily visible from highway 20. The south face is not visible from the highway and requires a longer, steeper approach than many climbs at Washington pass, and therefore is not frequently visited.

The south face lies within the Chelan-Sawtooth wilderness so wilderness rules apply. camping is possible in the massive boulders below the face, but water is difficult to find in late season.

Getting There

WEST FACE: Park at the hairpin. There are 2 major gullies coming down from the summit. cross the creek, and walk through the forest uphill until entering one of these gullies and follow to the summit notch.

SOUTH FACE: Park at the highway 20 hairpin. Hike southeast on the right side of the creek, on a trail that that improves on the other side of several slide areas/boulder fields. after 40 minutes you will enter a meadow, look left uphill for a lowpoint on the ridge. follow one of 3 gullies that lead directly uphill for roughly 2,800'. once at the notch, drop down the other side a few hundred feet, and traverse across the slopes heading north until you reach the base of the wall. Approach time seems to be anywhere from 2.5 to 5 hours depending on conditions and fitness level. 

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