Old Snowy is probably the easiest glaciated peak to climb in the NW. It's not as well known as St. Helens or South Sister, and thus gets a lot fewer climbers. If you are looking for a gentle approach and non-technical ascent in a beautiful area, this is your peak. It's in the aptly named Goat Rocks area, between Mts. Adams and Rainier. Bring the binoculars for mountain goat watching.

Ives Peak is the fourth highest peak in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. It's centrally located on the spine of the Goat Rocks which runs northwest to southeast, between Old Snowy and Big Horn. There is no trail to the summit and for this reason it's a peak that is seldom visited. Nothing technical is required to make the ascent, but off-trail travel is enough to deter the average hiker from making an attempt.

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Driving Distance from Portland 150 miles
Driving Time from Portland 2 hours
Expected Duration Car to car in two or more days
Relevant Books Cascade Alpine Guide: Columbia River to Stevens Pass by Fred Beckey
Relevant Maps The USGS 7 minute series does not cover this area in one convenient map. The best one is the US Forest Service Goat Rocks Wilderness map. Others are: Green Trails: Packwood (302) and White Pass (303) <href="http: maps.google.com="" maps?f="q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Old+Snowy+WA&sll=63.479444,-145.397222&sspn=0.011248,0.04549&ie=UTF8&ll=46.511714,-121.453986&spn=0.017337,0.04549&t=p&z=15&iwloc=addr"" title="Google map">Google map</href="http:>
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