Mt. Aix is the dominant Cascades peak in the William O. Douglas Wilderness just east of Mt. Rainier National Park -- and ranks as the 39th most prominent peak in the Washington Cascades (7766' elevation). With a southwest exposure and located in Mt. Rainier's rain shadow, this peak is often accessible earlier in the season than many peaks of comparable height. Great views of the surrounding Cascade peaks and often mountain goats.
Mt Aix is today the highest point in the William O. Douglas Wilderness, but it has an even greater story to tell from the distant past. As we climb the mountain, we'll get its fascinating story from our assistant leader, who has done PhD-level research into Mt Aix. Both the leader and assistant have climbed Mt Aix multiple times. What sets this climb apart from others is incredible views of nearby mountains during the ascent but no view of our destination until the last half hour or so. Scrambling is required to reach the summit, but most of this climb is a hike on a very nice trail.
|Driving Distance from Portland||203 miles|
|Driving Time from Portland||4 hours|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in one day|
|Relevant Books||Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume I, Columbia River to Stevens Pass by Fred Beckey|
|Relevant Maps||USGS 7 minute series, Bumping Lake & Timberwolf Mountain Google map|