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Winter Summits

Snow conditions dictate winter scrambles. They can change very quickly. Road access, avalanche hazard, strenuousness, and summit success can vary a tremendous amount. So these ratings are only a rough comparison of the peaks.
Winter scrambling is a dangerous activity. Be a smart scrambler -- be willing to turn back if conditions are unsafe. Even a slight deviation from the surveyed routes may affect exposure and avalanche hazard considerably. The fact that a peak is listed here does not represent that it will be safe.
Exposure Rating
Avalanche Rating
A: Falling will only get snow on your face.
B: Falling may require self arrest, but usually good runout.
C: Falling requires self arrest, could be fatal.
A: Usually safe in high, considerable, moderate, and low avalanche conditions.
B: Often safe in moderate and low conditions.
C: Only recommended in low conditions.
Peaks in red climbed by Herr Webmeister

Highway 542 (Mt Baker Highway)

West to east
Summit
Elev
Start
Gain
Access
Expo
Aval
Route
Notes
Church (Lookout Peak)
6,315
1,288
5,000
Hwy 542
B
B
trail
-- Elevation 6100, Start 2400, Gain 3700, Access FS Rd 3040 (if no snow)
Excelsior
5,712
1,827
3,900
Hwy 542
A
B
trail 670

Barometer
5,770
4,200
1,600
Baker ski area
B
C
Chain Lakes

Herman
6,285
4,200
2,100
Baker ski area
B
C
SW ridge

Table
5,742
4,200
1,500
Baker ski area
C
B
trail


Highway 20 (North Cascades Highway)

West to east
Summit
Elev
Start
Gain
Access
Expo
Aval
Route
Notes
Goat (Hamilton)
4,778
809
4,000
Crown Pac. Rd 350
A
A
S slopes
Start (depends on snowline-road wasn't gated at Baker Lk Hwy), Gain-2800, Access-Crown Pac. Rd 350, Route- south slopes
Welker
5,587
2,000
3,600
Anderson Cr Rd
B
B
NW ridge/south slope
Sauk
5,541
1,817
3,700
Sauk Mt Rd
B
C
trail Start depends on snow line
Lookout
5,692
1,255
4,400
Cascade R Rd
A
B
trail

Hidden Lake
7,088
1,373
5,700
Road 1540
B
B
NW ridge
Start -snowline, Access-FS Rd1540, Route-NW ridge to N ridge
Oakes
5,681
800
4,900
Road 1062
A
A
Road, S ridge
Start 800', or where road is undrivable
Damnation
5,635
2,245
3,400
Thornton Cr Rd
B
B
SE ridge

Trappers
5,966
2,245
3,700
Thornton Cr Rd
A
B
trail

Sourdough
6,107
890
5,200
Diablo
A
B
trail
LO site 5,985'
Ruby
7,408
2,200
5,200
Hwy 20
A
B
abandoned trail

Highway 530 (Darrington area)

West to east
Summit
Elev
Start
Gain
Access
Expo
Aval
Route
Notes
Higgins (W)
4,849
1,450
3,400
C Post Rd
A
B
Trail route
former lookout location
Round
5,320
1,600
3,700
Swede Heaven
B
B
S ridge
Eighth most prominent peak in WA. map
Prairie
5,678
1,090
4,600
Suiattle Rd/Rd 25
B
B
NE ridge

Prairie
5,678
2,000
3,700
Road 2140
B
B
W face, S ridge
alternate route per Andy B.

Mountain Loop Highway (Verlot/Silverton area)

West to east
Summit
Elev
Start
Gain
Access
Expo
Aval
Route
Notes
Pilchuck
5,340
3,160
2,200
Mt Loop Hwy
B
C
trail
Cut switchback on rd 4250 at 2600'.
Gordon (Anaconda)
5,050
1,320
3,700
Rd 4036
B
A
S ridge

Bald (Silverton)
4,795
1,575
3,200
Deer Cr
C
B
E ridge
Roped climb. Ski to Deer Cr Pass, or long snowshoe
Long
5,110
1,420
3,700
Mt Loop Hwy
C
C
Marten Creek
Very steep final section map
Marble
5,111
1,480
3,600
Mt Loop Hwy
B
B
NW ridge
Must ford Stillaguamish R.
Dickerman
5,723
1,940
3,800
Mt Loop Hwy
A
B
trail
Road often closed at Deer Cr

Highway 2 (Stevens Pass highway)

West to East
Summit
Elev
Start
Gain
Access
Expo
Aval
Route
Notes
Stickney
5,367
1,679
3,700

C
B
Olney Creek

Persis
5,464
2,480
3,000
Rd 62
B
B
NW ridge
Road must be open to 1623' junction. Park at "swamp".
Philadelphia
4,258
600
3,700
Lake Serene
A
B
W ridge
Boulder field above lake -- better with lots of snow.
Frog
4,872
2,589
2,300
Jack Pass
A
B
W ridge
map
Mineral Butte
5,255
1,040
4,200
N Fk Skykomish (Galena)
B
B
S
Can ski road to near top.
Iron (Skykomish)
5,245
840
4,400
N Fk Skykomish
B
B
SE ridge
Combine with Conglomerate Pt.
Conglomerate Point
5,375
840
4,500
N Fk Skykomish
B
B
NW ridge

Baring
6,221
2,260
4,000
Barclay Cr
C
C
NW ridge
Avalanche trap in 5000' gully. . Also route from road 6028.
Palmer
5,043
900
4,100
S Fk Skykomish
B
B
SE
May have to walk bermed road.
Cleveland
5,301
1,200
4,100
Money Cr
B
B
N ridge/Money Cr
Try Miller R route.
Eagle Rock
5,615
2,800
2,800
Eagle Cr
B
B
SW slope
Snow level usually much lower than 2800'.
Evergreen
5,587
1,600
4,000
Rapid River
B
A/B
Rapid R
Beckler R road must be open to Rapid R road. map
Captain Point
5,724
3,000
2,700
Martin Cr road
A
B
Kelley Cr or road
Logged to near summit. Kelley Cr good route if drivable to 3000'.
Windy
5,386
2,200
3,200
Scenic
B
B
S slope
map
Tunnel Vision
6,242
2,700
3,500
Hwy 2
B
C
via Pt 5567
Parking problem - may have to drop off from Scenic.
Cowboy
5,853
4,061
1,800
Stevens Pass
B
B
NE ridge
Not good during ski season.
Big Chief
5,858
4,061
1,800
Stevens Pass
B
B
SW ridge
Not good during ski season.
EAST OF STEVENS PASS (4061')
McCausland
5,747
3,200
2,500
Smithbrook Rd
B
B
SE ridge
See Union Pk.
Lichtenberg
5,844
3,200
2,600
Smithbrook Rd
B
B
Lichtenwasser L

Union
5,696
3,200
2,500
Smithbrook Rd
A
A
S slope from Union Gap

Jove
6,007
3,200
2,800
Smithbrook Rd
A
A
SW ridge

Jim Hill
6,765
3,000
3,800
Nordic Center
C
C
Lanham

Rock
6,840
2,732
4,100
Maintenance Station
A
B
trail

Arrowhead
6,030
2,732
3,300
Maintenance Station
A
A
E ridge
RR track walk is dangerous!
Natapoc
4,204
1,958
2,200
Coles Corner
A
A
you pick
59er Diner!
Tumwater
4,480
1,440
3,000
Ski Hill
A
A
E slopes
Leavenworth area

I-90 (Snoqualmie Pass freeway)

West to East
Summit
Elev
Start
Gain
Access
Expo
Aval
Route
Notes
Si
3,940
660
3,300
Mt Si road
A
A
trail route
Trail can be very icy. Often has little snow. Increase to "C" exposure for true summit.
Teneriffe
4,788
950
3,800
Mt Si Rd
A
A
NW ridge

Green
4,824
1,272
3,600
Mt Si road
B
A
CCC/SE ridge

Mailbox
4,841
1,000
3,800
Mid Fk Snoqualmie
A
B
trail route

Washington
4,420
1,080
3,300
Exit 38
A
B
N ridge
Matt Robertson knows the route
Web
5,335
1,300
4,000
Exit 38
B
B
E ridge
Ridge is exposed. Alternate route avalanche potential. map
Kent
5,087
1,448
3,600
Exit 42
B
C
McClellens Butte trail

Bandera
5,241
1,520
3,700
Exit 42
B
B
W ridge

Defiance
5,584
1,520
4,100
Exit 42
B
B
trail route
via Mason Lake
Pratt
5,099
1,880
3,200
Exit 47
A
B
via Ollalie Lake

Granite
5,629
1,920
3,700
Exit 47
B
C
trail route

Granite
5,629
2,200
3,400
Exit 47
B
C
Denny Cr/NNE ridge
Excellent ridge route map
Humpback
5,174
1,880
3,300
Exit 47
A
A
NW ridge
Trail cut along ridge from 3250'.
Silver
5,605
1,880
3,700
Exit 47
B
B
N ridge
map
Snoqualmie
6,278
3,000
3,300
Exit 52 or Alpental
B
B
Commonwealth Basin or Cave Ridge

Kendall
5,784
3,000
2,800
Exit 52
B
C
PCT

Guye Peak
5,168
3,000
2,200
Exit 52
B
B
Commonwealth Basin
North summit. map
Hyak
3,745
2,600
1,100
Hyak
A
B
Ski slope
Not good in ski season.
Catherine
5,052
2,600
2,500
Hyak
B
A
W ridge from Hyak
Not good in ski season.
Rockdale Ridge
4,440
2,600
1,800
Hyak
A
A
S ridge
Not good in ski season.
Margaret
5,560
2,560
3,000
Gold Cr Snopark
B
B
S ridge
Snowmobiles on first part of route.
EAST OF SNOQUALMIE PASS (3000')
Baldy
5,107
2,237
2,900
Lake Kachess
A
A
trail

Thomas
5,269
2,237
3,000
Lake Kachess
A
A
trail

Amabilis
4,500
2,460
2,000
Exit 63 snopark
A
A
logging roads
Snowmobile area. SnoPark permit. Very popular location.
Hex
5,034
2,400
2,600
Cle Elum River Rd
A
A
road/trail

Jolly
6,443
2,320
4,100
Cle Elum River Rd
B
B
road/trail

Yellow Hill
5,527
2,640
2,900
Middle fork Teanaway
A
A
trail

Teanaway Butte
4,769
2,560
2,200
Middle fork Teanaway
A
A
road

Mt Rainier Area (and South Cascades)

Summit
Elev
Start
Gain
Access
Expo
Aval
Route
Notes
Mutton
6,156
2,800
3,400
Hwy 410
A
A
trail

Tirzah
5,208
2,160
3,000
Carbon R
B
A
W ridge
Ford Carbon R.
Arthur
5,465
2,100
3,400
Carbon R
B
B


Norse
6,856
4,280
2,600
Crystal Mt ski area


Bullion Basin trail
not surveyed
Crown Point
6,460
4,280
2,200
Crystal Mt ski area
B
B


Chutla
6,000
2,757
3,200
Longmire
B
B


Plummer
6,370
4,560
1,800
Narada Falls
B
B


St Helens
8,365
2,873
5,500

B
B
Monitor Ridge

Camp Muir
10,100
5,360
4,700
Paradise
A
B

Not really a summit. Careful not to wander onto glacier in fog!

Olympics

Summit
Elev
Start
Gain
Access
Expo
Aval
Route
Notes
Angeles
6,454
4,400
2,100
Hurricane Ridge road
B
B
Switchback trail

Steeple Rock
5,567
5,240
1,000
Obstruction Point road
C
B
road
ups and downs
Hurricane Hill
5,757
5,240
1,000
Hurricane Ridge
B
B
trail
ups and downs
Blue
6,007
2,000
4,000
road
A
B
road
approximate starting elevation, depends on snow conditions
Ellinor
5,944
2,000
3,900
trail
B
B
trail
approximate starting elevation, depends on snow conditions

Maps

Evergreen



Frog



GraniteDenny



Guye



Long



Silver



Round



Web



Windy





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