Elevation: 3,617 ft
GPS: 46.73227, -121.66433
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Description

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
 334
Ingraham Glacier-Disappointment…
Trad, Snow, Alpine
Easy Snow
 154
South Spur
Trad, Snow, Alpine
WI2-3
 198
Kautz Glacier
Ice, Alpine
Mod. Snow
 185
Emmons Glacier
Snow, Alpine
AI2-3 Steep Snow
 156
Liberty Ridge
Ice, Snow, Alpine 6 pitches
Mod. Snow
 42
Fuhrer Finger
Snow, Alpine
AI3-4 Steep Snow
 6
Central Mowich Face
Ice, Snow, Alpine
Mod. Snow
 66
Ingraham Glacier Direct
Snow, Alpine
Easy Snow
 36
Monitor Ridge
Snow
Easy Snow
 80
Worm Flows
Snow
AI1-2 Mod. Snow
 18
Gibraltar Ledges
Ice, Snow, Alpine
AI2-3 Steep Snow
 21
Adams Glacier
Ice, Snow, Alpine
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 Steep Snow
 26
Ptarmigan Ridge
Ice, Snow, Alpine
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 25
Cobbles 101
Sport 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 35
Wild Wild West
Sport 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ingraham Glacier-Disappoint… Mt Rainier
 334
Mod. Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine
South Spur Mt Adams
 154
Easy Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine
Kautz Glacier Mt Rainier
 198
WI2-3 Ice, Alpine
Emmons Glacier Mt Rainier
 185
Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine
Liberty Ridge Mt Rainier
 156
AI2-3 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine 6 pitches
Fuhrer Finger Mt Rainier
 42
Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine
Central Mowich Face Mt Rainier
 6
AI3-4 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine
Ingraham Glacier Direct Mt Rainier
 66
Mod. Snow Snow, Alpine
Monitor Ridge Mt St Helens
 36
Easy Snow Snow
Worm Flows Mt St Helens
 80
Easy Snow Snow
Gibraltar Ledges Mt Rainier
 18
AI1-2 Mod. Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine
Adams Glacier Mt Adams
 21
AI2-3 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine
Ptarmigan Ridge Mt Rainier
 26
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b AI2 Steep Snow Ice, Snow, Alpine
Cobbles 101 Pinto Rock > S Face
 25
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 5 pitches
Wild Wild West Pinto Rock > W Face
 35
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 4 pitches
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