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.

Activity Notes

This dramatic mountain directly east of Mt Rainier has a view of Mt Adams and the Goat Rocks (if there's not too much smoke in the air) as we ascend. The trail is in fairly good condition, though there were several downed trees to get around in 2021. Soon after Nelson Ridge, we'll see the peak we're climbing. There's a scramble trail to the top, and we will walk on no snow by this date. The climb will take about 8 hours as we travel 11 miles and ascend 3,900'.

We will car-camp for free the night before at the trailhead. It's at least a four hour drive from Portland, and we'll have a pre-climb meeting at 19:00, so please leave town no later than 14:00 Friday. Our climb will begin at 06:00 Saturday, and we'll turn around if we haven't reached the summit by 13:30.

Other Information
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