This route is a fairly popular Mazamas climb, but only because it is the easiest route up a much-desired peak. This a L O N G day up a hot, south facing scree couloir, occasional snow patches and then (finally) fun 3rd class boulder hopping near the top. Minimal technical skills and good endurance are required. Bring at least 3 liters of water if climbing in the late summer. Leave the rope, helmet, harness and pro at home - this is a scramble route. Use the nice creek at the trailhead to cool off your post climb beverages. Early season is a more enjoyable climb on snow rather than gravel. Forest fires are common in this area in the summer - call the USFS before you leave town to be sure the trails are open.

Driving via Yakima and Ellensburg can beat the evil Seattle traffic.

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 275 miles
Driving Time from Portland 5 hours
General Route Info summitpost mountain forecast USFS Leavenworth Ranger station: 509-548-6977 USFS Cle Elum Ranger Station, 509-674-4411
Expected Duration Car to car in two or more days
Relevant Books Cascade Alpine Guide: Columbia River to Stevens Pass by Fred Beckey (use the new third edition) Climbing Washington's Mountains by Jeff Smoot
Relevant Maps USGS 7 minute series, Mt. Stuart, WA, and Green Trails: Mt. Stuart, WA No 209 Google map
Awards Qualified 16 Major NW Peaks
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