This is a great climb on good rock on classic Mt. Stuart, and an fairly easy approach. Routefinding (climbing and descending) can be extremely tricky; this route is famous for overnight epics by those who get lost. Research it well, and try a web search for the many posted trip reports. Bring guidebook photocopies! You can bivy on the route, go camp to camp (recommended), or, if you are fast and have small team, (4 or fewer) you can send this route car to car in a long day. Combine this with a Ingalls Peak climb for a great Cascades granite weekend. Use the nice creek at the trailhead to cool off your post climb beverages. Forest fires are common in this area in the summer - call the USFS in Leavenworth WA before you leave town to be sure the trails are open.

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 275 miles
Driving Time from Portland 5 hours
General Route Info The West Ridge Route is probably the second most popular technical route on Mount Stuart. The route is long and complicated with many opportunities to get off route onto more difficult terrain. It can be done car to car in a day, but it is not uncommon for parties to have route finding problems and bivouac on the route or descent. Most parties will probably opt for climbing from a camp in the vicinity of Ingalls Lake. Several other routes on the mountain merge with and finish to the summit via the upper part of the West Ridge Route. From the south the West Ridge Couloir joins the route at the West Ridge Notch. From the north, the Northwest Buttress, Razorback Ridge, and Stuart Glacier Couloir join the route near the Notch. The Northwest Face of the Lower West Ridge offers a 600 foot technical start (5.9) to the route, joining it at the top of the first long couloir. Lex Maxwell, Fred Llewellyn, and John Vertrees made the first ascent of the West Ridge in August of 1935. 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
Interesting Features Creek(s), Spectacular Views
Relevant Books Cascade Alpine Guide: Columbia River to Stevens Pass by Fred Beckey (use the new third edition)
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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