Climb Mt. Washington

Washington Mt Washington Trail

Added by Tobin Akehurst

Summit Mt. Washington (6,255ft)Route 1 aka Standard Route6-10hrs Car-to-CarClass 3 climbing routeModerate exposureGreat steep snow climbing in early seasonIncredible Views

Follow the driving directions, pass the upper Mt Eleanor parking area and continue until the road dead-ends due to a landslide. Try to leave room for cars to turn around when you park.

Follow the trail which starts just near the lake boulder near the parking area. The trail through the lower slopes of the mountain is easy to follow and occasionally marked with flags (Do not add flags).

The first 3/4 of this route is a hike. Once you cross the upper meadow about 1.5 miles into the hike route finding becomes more difficult due to several blowdowns, and because this is NOT a maintained trail. Ascend the mountain by the path of least resistance via cross country hiking and scrambling gullies and easy ledges until you arrive at the upper basin.

From the upper basin ascend talus and ledges to the summit pyramid. Circle the summit counter-clockwise until you see the ramp leading to the summit. Enjoy some of the best views the Olympic Mountains have to offer.Descend the route.

This is a mountaineering experience and good route finding skills are essential. Carry and know how to use crampons and an ice axe in early season.

For more detailed information, see the wonderful page by Redwic at summitpost.org.

Pack List

  • 10 Essentials
  • Trip Report / Climbing Beta
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe in early season
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Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing, Snowshoeing

Skill Level:

Advanced

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Easy Parking
Forest
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8 months ago

Can knock you on your butt

Mt Washington was one of the first mountains I climbed after moving to the PNW. Coming from a Colorado climbing background I saw the elevation of Washington and thought "no problem, I'll knock it out in a few hours." Like the review states, there is no maintained trail only a climber's path up the forest which, under foggy conditions, can lead you onto expose terrain accompanied by a family of goats. The trail can also get slick and steep while you shwack through the underbrush at times. For those that love scrambling it doesn't get much better, and the views are well worth the cuts and occasional cursing. And plan on 6-10 hours depending on route conditions, your physical fitness level, and knowledge of scrambling in the Olympics. Having a map and/or GPS with a GPS track will make the adventure more enjoyable by assisting you with staying on the route.

8 months ago

Added by Tobin Akehurst

I am from the Pacific Northwest, where the mountains meet the sea. When I eschew the trappings of the modern world and venture into the mountains I feel as though I am revived by simplicity, renewed by the power of violent geography.

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