OverviewDenny Mountain-Chair Peak ridge adjacent to Snoqualmie Pass. It occupies a middle position just south-southeast of Chair Peak and north of The Tooth. While it has a very modest elevation, the scramble itself is a challenging mixture of off-trail travel topped off with an exposed climb up an airy summit block. At the top, unparalleled views of Chair Peak and Kaleetan Peak await, along with views in the other direction of The Tooth and Denny Mountain.
Bryant Peak is a fun, challenging scramble. If downclimbing loose rock while hovering over exposure bothers you, this may not be the trip for you. But it is an otherwise very enjoyable trip that offers a surprising alpine flavor on a relatively low summit.
Once at the summit block, your route will depend on snow cover. If there is plenty of snow, there is an easy access to the summit in the middle of the summit block up easy (Class 3, no exposure) rocks and stunted trees. If there is no snow cover, this route may not be reachable, and the only way to the summit is around the left (north) side on easy but exposed rock. Take care whichever route is taken. THE ROCK IS VERY LOOSE HERE!
Total time to summit: 4 hours. Difficulty: Class 3, route finding, exposure depending on route chosen: Roundtrip Distance: 11 miles
Red TapeThis trip lies within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Wilderness permits are located at the trailhead on a self-service basis. A Northwest Trail Park Pass ($30/year) is required to park at the Denny Creek Trailhead.
External LinksThe closest year-round Forest Service ranger station is in North Bend, about 14 miles from Snoqualmie Pass. Contact information:
North Bend Office
42404 SE N. Bend Way
North Bend, WA 98045
Snow conditions are available from the Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Areas (of which Alpental is one) at the following website:
Summit at Snoqualmie Snow Conditions
Also, webcams are available from the Washington State Department of Transportation at:
Snoqualmie Pass Web Cam