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Close to the freeway and with an easy approach, this peak gets a lot of attention - by 1991, there were 14,000 ascents! Three easy 5th class pitches gets you to the top. Weekends can be crowded with newbies, so start early or go late to avoid the crowds.
This face is about 330 ft high, above "Pineapple Pass". The steps on this narrow, solid face are steep, interrupted by good belay ledges with stunted evergreens. The route takes small gear to 2 inches, and an ice axe may be needed in early season. This is a classic climb of this area. Its historic names have included Denny Horn and Denny Tooth. The Tooth is formed of Tertiary andesite breccia thermally metamorphosed by the Snoqualmie batholith. (Wow!) See Beckey’s Cascade Alpine Guide for a more detailed look at this area’s geologic and climbing history.
The Tooth is a classic rock climb on solid rock. It has a few low 5th class moves and an airy “catwalk” traverse on a four inch wide ledge that is a particular attraction. It's a great first alpine rock climb. Our plan will be to drive to the Snoqualmie Pass area on Saturday 9/21 and camp (at either Denny Creek Campground, or at the Snow Lake Trailhead), then do a car to car run up The Tooth on Sunday, 9/22. We will likely be back to Portland late Sunday evening, tired but happy!