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Elevation: 3,617 ft 1,102 m
GPS: 46.73227, -121.66433
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The Southern WA Cascades contain the state's two highest mountains, Rainier and Adams, surrounded by much more moderate terrain. This is due to the geological composition - the larger volcanoes produced tons of lava material such as andesite and rhyolite as opposed to batholiths of granitic magma. Thus, when volcanic debris eroded, the softer rock eroded with it, leaving a few spires here and there but generally gentle forested peaks with endless meadows. Summarily, less alpine adventure is to be had here than in the North Cascades where harder rocks such as gneiss and granodiorite were glacier-sculpted into towering peaks.

A few exceptions do exist. Three volcanoes, St. Helens, Adams and Rainier, rise to great snowy heights above the foothills. Rainier specifically draws mountaineers nationwide to the classic Liberty Ridge, initiation slog of Disappointment Cleaver, or the fabled Willis Wall. The Tatoosh range is a rocky half circle south of Rainier offering scrambles and grand views. The Goat Rocks, remnants of a larger volcano, bring high summits and beautiful alpine meadows to the equation. 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Southwest Cascades

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Mod. Snow
 352
Ingraham Glacier-Disappointment…
Trad, Snow, Alpine
Easy Snow
 170
South Spur
Trad, Snow, Alpine
WI2-3
 212
Kautz Glacier
Ice, Alpine
Mod. Snow
 200
Emmons Glacier
Snow, Alpine
AI2-3 Steep Snow
 164
Liberty Ridge
Ice, Snow, Alpine 6 pitches
Mod. Snow
 45
Fuhrer Finger
Snow, Alpine
AI3-4 Steep Snow
 8
Central Mowich Face
Ice, Snow, Alpine
Mod. Snow
 73
Ingraham Glacier Direct
Snow, Alpine
Easy Snow
 93
Worm Flows
Snow
AI1-2 Mod. Snow
 18
Gibraltar Ledges
Ice, Snow, Alpine
AI2-3 Steep Snow
 22
Adams Glacier
Ice, Snow, Alpine
AI2
 16
North Face
Ice 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2-3 Steep Snow
 26
Ptarmigan Ridge
Ice, Snow, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 36
Wild Wild West
Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
Sidewinder
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ingraham Glacier-Disappoint… Mt Rainier
 352
Mod. Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine
South Spur Mt Adams
 170
Easy Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine
Kautz Glacier Mt Rainier
 212
WI2-3 Ice, Alpine
Emmons Glacier Mt Rainier
 200
Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine
Liberty Ridge Mt Rainier
 164
AI2-3 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine 6 pitches
Fuhrer Finger Mt Rainier
 45
Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine
Central Mowich Face Mt Rainier
 8
AI3-4 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine
Ingraham Glacier Direct Mt Rainier
 73
Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine
Worm Flows Mt St Helens
 93
Easy Snow Snow
Gibraltar Ledges Mt Rainier
 18
AI1-2 Mod. Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine
Adams Glacier Mt Adams
 22
AI2-3 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine
North Face Observation Rock
 16
AI2 Ice 3 pitches
Ptarmigan Ridge Mt Rainier
 26
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2-3 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine
Wild Wild West Pinto Rock > W Face
 36
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 4 pitches
Sidewinder Pinto Rock > N Side
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
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