Head out on this class 2 hiking route and be aware of possible exposure when done in heavy snow. You'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of North Cascade Peaks.

The trail starts out poorly, following a jeep road under high-tension wires. Shortly, though, the trail begins to switchback up the south face of Rock Mountain and the views, as well as the wildflowers, are remarkable.

After switchbacking up the mountain, follow a ridge-line towards the upper basin. Once in the upper basin you are in an alpine playground. Visit Rock Lake, wander around, or go for the difficult final push to the summit by following the steep path up the ridge to climbers left. Once at the summit, the view of Glacier Peak will not disappoint.

Getting there: Park 8.5 miles east of Stevens Pass - the parking lot will be on your left if traveling East.

Pack List

  • The 10 Essentials
  • Trip Report / Beta
  • Ice Axe if in early season
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RT Distance 11 Miles
Elevation Gain 4175 Feet
Activities Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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