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Elevation: 8,605'
Location: 47.47165, -120.88801 View Map  Incorrect?
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Sherpa Peak from the east slopes of Mt. Stuart, tr...

Description 

The next summit east of Stuart, Sherpa is a worthy, but much more scrappy, climb. Expect questionable rock and an involved descent. Also like Stuart, this one lies outside the Enchantments permit zone.

Getting There 

Two approaches exist-
If coming from the south, hike in from the Ingalls Way trailhead, over Long's Pass as for the Cascadian Couloir on Stuart, but continue down Ingalls Creek before heading up your route of choice.
If coming from the north, hike in from the Stuart Lake trailhead and then break south to follow Mountaineer's Creek. A obvious climber's trail will lead to a creek crossing and then a trail of cairns through the forest and then a series of talus slopes, but these are ultimately heading for the north side of Stuart, so its best to descend at some point to the old climber's trail along the creek. When the creek begins to branch follow the southern (climber's left) stream up to the Sherpa-Argonaut basin. Expect some degree of bushwhacking and a lot of downed trees after leaving the Stuart Lake trail, and especially after leaving Mountaineer's Creek.

Climbing Season



Weather station 20.0 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Upper ridge from just below the second notch

North Ridge 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Washington : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : ... : Sherpa Peak
The ridge has three sections, divided by deep notches, most start at the lower of the two. The first section is supposed to be low fifth but the reality is there is a lot of class 2-4 and if you stray from the crest at the wrong point you can add on more than a couple 5.6-8 pitches. In general you want to stay just on the east side of the crest. Most report simul-climbing this section. After rappelling or down-climbing to the second notch, scramble around a couple spires and then climb two 5.8is...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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