Mount Fromme is a secluded peak in the interior of Olympic National Park. It is one of those peaks that looks very dominating from below, but is actually a straightforward climb. Mount Fromme is located along the Dosewallips/Elwha divide in the eastern half of the Olympic Mountain Range. It is part of a ridge that runs northwest to Mount Claywood and south over Hayden Pass to Sentinel Peak. Mount Fromme is easily reached via the Hayden Pass trail from Dose Meadows, and is certainly worth the effort of a moderate climb to the summit for a view of the alpine jewel of Claywood Lake to the north.
Mount Fromme is part of the group of peaks that surround the head of the Dosewallips River valley. Together with Mount Claywood, Sentinel Peak, Lost Peak, West Wellesley Peak, and Wellesley Peak, Fromme overlooks the headwaters of the Dosewallips. Mount Fromme, along with the surrounding peaks, makes for a good backpacking destination and a visual enjoyment opportunity.
Due to its elevation, Mount Fromme offers a wondrous view of the interior Olympic peaks to the west above the Elwha and Hoh River valleys. Mount Olympus and the Bailey Range dominate the westward skyline. The northern Burke Range to the south, highlighted by Crystal Peak, is also an enjoyable view from the slopes of Fromme. Yet, the tiny and delicate stonecrop, or the more numerous lupine, are just as appealing in the rock gardens during August as are the magnificent views of the interior Olympic Range.
Beautiful Meadows beneath Fromme's summit
Mount Fromme is most easily reached via the long Dosewallips River valley trail. Due to a washout the trail has been lengthened by nearly 5 miles, but this only makes getting to Fromme more worthwhile. Chances are that you will be the only person at the head of the valley. The total distance to the summit of Fromme from the trailhead is around 20 miles.
Follow the Dosewallips River to Twin Forks. From there the trail splits towards Anderson Pass and Hayden Pass. Continue on to Hayden Pass. The trail heads north and then veers west straight up to the head of the valley. From near the junction of Graywolf Pass with the main trail a view opens up to the west. Mount Fromme is visible over the head of the valley for a good half mile. It is next sighted upon reaching Dose Meadows camp, just over two miles from the summit.
Head west from the Dose Meadows camp on the Hayden Pass trail. This trail meanders through forest and crosses the Dosewallips River via a bridge. After the bridge the forest lessens and a beautiful stream and meadow await the explorer. Mount Fromme is directly to the northwest from this point. The trail then leads up Hayden Pass, a formidable hike. Snow lingers here until late July.
Upon reaching the crest of Hayden Pass contine on down towards the Elwha a few hundred feet before veering off to the north. A fain way-trail can be detected, but may take some searching to find. Either way, it is not impossible to make your own way to the ridge crest of Fromme. From there it is an easy ascent to the summit (possibly corniced).
The Dosewallips River trail requires a $5.00 dollar fee for each person to enter the park and $2.00 per night per person to spend the night. Make sure and fill out the appropriate paper work not far from the trailhead before entering the National Park. Be sure to check in with the ranger at the ranger station (if he's there) if you have any further questions regarding this permit.
There are several options for good camping in the Mount Fromme area. Bear Camp is located a little over 4 miles from Mount Fromme. It has a shelter and several good campsites amidst a Pacific-Silver Fir forest.
A closer and more logical choice for camping is at Dose Meadows. This is a plus for several reasons. First of all it is only about 2.5 miles from Mount Fromme, and it has a terrific view of Fromme from the meadows north of the camping area. It is also easier to see current conditions at Hayden Pass by hiking just a short way up the Lost Pass trail for a view west. Avalanche activity has been known to happen at Hayden Pass into July.
Another possible option that is a little more secluded is in Thousand Acre Meadow, a mile and a half to the SE of Mount Fromme. Black bears frequent this sub-alpine habitat, but so do hordes of mosquitoes.