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Naches Ranger District

 
Naches Ranger District

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 46.75492°N / 121.13525°W

Object Title: Naches Ranger District

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Bouldering, Ice Climbing, Scrambling, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 8184 ft / 2494 m

 

Page By: Snowski4444, MattDurkee

Created/Edited: Feb 17, 2010 / Apr 30, 2011

Object ID: 597896

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Page Score: 73.06%  - 3 Votes 

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Overview

The Naches Ranger District is located on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state. The district makes up the southern end of the Wenatchee National Forest, encompassing 518,982 acres with a low elevation of 1930 feet at the Tieton River and a high elevation of 8184 feet on the summit of Gilbert Peak (Mt. Curtis Gilbert). The district has a diverse assortment of ecosystems ranging from glaciated alpine areas along the Cascade Crest to almost desert shrub-steppe areas only 20 miles to the east with nearly everything else in between.

The Cascade Crest forms the western boundary of the district where the Pacific Crest Trail runs north and south. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt. Rainier National Park, and Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest border the district west of the Cascade Crest. The Cle Elum Ranger District is located to the north and the Yakama Indian Nation Reservation to the south. A mixture of Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and private lands border the district to the east. There are checkerboard land ownerships on the fringes of the district to the north, east, and south. Portions of the Goat Rocks, William O. Douglas, and Norse Peak Wilderness Areas lie within the district.

 
Mt. Rainier from Bear Cr. Mtn.
Mt. Rainier at sunrise from Bear Creek Mountain
 
Mt. Aix from Mt. Rainier
Mt. Aix and Nelson Ridge from Mt. Rainier summit
 
Wenatchee National Forest Map
Wenatchee National Forest, Naches Ranger District at southern end
 
Naches Ranger District Map
Naches Ranger District (red line is boundary)

Naches Ranger District Summits

There are 55 summits (peaks, mountains, points, rocks, buttes, tables, hills) named on published government maps (USGS or US Forest Service) that can only be accessed on foot by trails or scrambling. I am probably the first person to ever climb all of these summits. I have also climbed many additional summits which are not given names on published maps, but have been named by others or myself. In addition to these climbs, I completed ski ascents on all 6 named summits which can be reached by roads in the summer. Eventually I would like to create a page on summitpost for each of these summits as there is currently only pages for 10.

Named on Map (55) Elevation (ft.)
Gilbert Peak 8184
Old Snowy Mountain 7930
Ives Peak 7840
Tieton Peak 7768
Mount Aix* 7766
Bismarck Peak 7585
Bear Creek Mountain* 7336
Nelson Butte 7160
Devils Horn 7090
Fifes Peaks (NW, W, E, Far E) 6917
Norse Peak 6856
Rattlesnake Peaks 6850
Shellrock Peak 6835
Hogback Mountain 6789
Spencer Point 6650
Old Scab Mountain 6608
Burnt Mountain 6536
Crown Point 6484
Goat Peak* 6473
Naches Peak 6452
Arnesons Peak 6450
Ironstone Mountain 6441
Strobach Mountain 6397
Gold Hill 6383
Pear Butte 6372
Pickhandle Point 6361
Tumac Mountain* 6340
Quartz Mountain (Hike) 6300
Mount Clifty 6245
Yakima Peak 6226
Crag Mountain 6208
Bootjack Rock 6000
Cramer Mountain 5992
Round Mountain* 5970
Spiral Butte 5929
Twin Peaks 5924
Bald Mountain* (Hike) 5898
Fryingpan Mountain 5740
Blowout Mountain 5735
Pyramid Peak* 5715
Jumpoff Joe Lookout* (Hike) 5670
Devils Table 4682
Goose Egg Mountain 4566
Kloochman Rock 4532
Red Rock 4478
Meeks Table 4458
Red Rock 4478
Westfall Rocks 4060
Haystack Rock 3932
Chimney Peaks 3870
Edgar Rock* 3840
Deadhorse Hill 3637
Kamiakan Butte 3516
Sentinel Rock 3040
Windy Point 2650
No Name on Map (14) Elevation(ft.)
Moon Mountain 7527
Mount Baldy 7049
Dog Mountain 7041
Buffalo Hump 6960
“Placer Peak” 6904
Threeway Peak 6796
Blue Slide Lookout* 6785
Dewey Peak 6710
“Sheep Rock” 6708
Cupalo Rock 6600
House Rock 6350
“Cedar Point” 6162
Pigtail Peak (Hike) 6000
Frenchmen Butte 4128
Ski Ascent (6) Elevation (ft.)
Darland Mountain* 6981
Timberwolf Mountain* 6435
Clover Springs* 6351
Raven Roost* 6199
Little Bald Mountain* 6108
Miners Ridge* 6072


* = Fire Lookout existed historically. Most have been demolished. Miners Ridge was only included since a fire lookout had existed.

Elevations are from USGS Quad maps and the US Forest Service Naches Ranger District map.

Getting There

From Seattle head south on SR-410 into Mt. Rainier National Park and continue on SR 410 over Chinook Pass or turn on to SR-123 south to US-12 and enter over White Pass. From Portland head north on I-5, then east on US-12 over White Pass or turn north onto SR-123 and turn east onto SR-410 over Chinook Pass. From Yakima head west on US-12 and either continue on US-12 or take SR-410 at the Y junction. I suppose it would also be possible to enter by a number of gravel and unimproved roads such as those crossing Naches Pass or Green Pass. You could also hike into the Naches Ranger District on any of the various trails leading into the district such as the Pacific Crest Trail.

Red Tape

Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at most trailheads. Wilderness entry permits are required when visiting Wilderness areas, but are free and can be obtained at the trailhead or where the trail enters the wilderness area. My climbing partner Mike Hay built the permit boxes for his Eagle Scout project.

External Links

Wenatchee National Forest
NOAA Weather
Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center
WSDOT Pass Report
Naches Valley Chamber of Commerce
Central Washington Mountain Rescue
Boy Scouts of America Camp Fife

Camping

For campgrounds see Naches Valley Chamber of Commerce

Many peaks are located in wilderness areas which offer ample locations for backcountry basecamps. Basic wilderness regulations are in place such as camping at least 100' from lakes. There are no permanent fire restrictions. During mid to late summer, fire bans may be in effect for lower elevations, but rarely for higher elevation wilderness areas.

Additions and Corrections

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PeakAddictElevations

PeakAddict

Voted 10/10

There are some discrepancies in the elevations of the Naches Ranger District peaks with the topographic maps.



The following are the correct elevations as shown on the topo map. Perhaps the incorrect elevations came from older, out of date, topo maps and the Ranger District just hasn't updated them.



An easy way to verify the following is to find the peak at

http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/searchindex.php?State=WA. When at the peak's page, then click "Full Screen Topo Map", then

magnify further, if need be.



Old Snowy Mountain, 7880'+



Ives Peak, 7920'+



Bear Creek Mountain, 7337'



Nelson Butte, 7160'+



Devils Horn, 7040'+



Fifes Peak NW, (This is actually Fifes Ridge, West. See

http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=49608), 6920'+



The map shows an elevation of 6917', but if you look closely, that is

below the summit.



There is also a Fifes Ridge, East,

http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=49943, at 6520'+



Fifes Peak, West, 6880'+



Fifes Peak, Middle, 6793'+



Fifes Peak, East, 6375'



Rattlesnake Peaks, North, 6850' (agrees with SummitPost)



Rattlesnake Peaks, South, 6583'



Spencer Point, 6680'+



Crown Point, 6480'+



Arnesons Peak, 6400'+



Gold Hill, 6295'



Tumac Mountain, 6320'+



Quartz Mountain, 6280'+



Bootjack Rock, 5920'+



Spiral Butte, 5920'+



Twin Peaks, East, 5920'+



Twin Peaks, West, 5843'. Added to the list.



Bald Mountain, 6115'. Added to the list since the lookout, below, was not on the highest point, the true summit. See

http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=50337



Bald Mountain lookout site, 5898'. A better name for where the lookout used to be, since it was not on the highest point, the true summit, above.



Fryingpan Mountain, 5720'+



Blowout Mountain, 5750'



Jumpoff Lookout, 5670'. The correct name. Jump Off Joe is a different summit. See http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=54586



Jumpoff Lookout Peak, 5760'+. Added to the list since the lookout above is not on the highest point, the true summit. See

http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=50669



Westfall Rocks, West, 4060'. Agrees with SummitPost.



Westfall Rocks, East, 3295'. Added to the list.



Chimney Peaks, East, 3870'



Chimney Peaks, West, 3840+. Added to the list.



Edgar Rock, 3680'+



Sentinel Rock, 3040'+



Windy Point, 2640'+



Timberwolf Mountain, 6391'



Raven Roost, 6160'+



Miners Ridge lookout site, 6040'+



Miners Ridge, 6080'+. Added to the list since the lookout above is not on the highest point, the true summit. See

http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/Climbers.php?Id=50170



Posted Mar 16, 2011 9:15 pm
MattDurkeeRe: Elevations

MattDurkee

Hasn't voted

Thanks for the interest in my page. I understand your personal need for only using USGS Quad maps to determine elevations, but because this is a page and a peak list for the Naches Ranger District, I have also incorporated exact elevations given on the Naches Ranger District map which is for sale at the Naches Ranger District office.



I used the exact elevations from the USGS Quad maps if available. If not available on the USGS Quad maps, but available on the the Naches Ranger District map, I used those instead of estimating an elevation based on USGS contour lines.



I did see a couple of elevations that I do need to fix out of the list you created, but most of the original elevations you had listed as discrepancies were taken, as I mentioned, from the official Naches Ranger District map published by the US Forest Service.



I think it is fair to point out that some of the USGS Quads are becoming somewhat out of date also. Take Mt. Rainier for example, the website you mentioned that has a USGS Quad shown which lists 14,410' for Mt. Rainier. Recent survey work has officially changed this elevation to 14,411'.



I also apologize for the late reply as I have been extremely busy for quite some time with raising two newborns, trying to finish my master's thesis in geology, and working. I probably should not even have taken the time to create this page yet, but I wanted to get it out there. I will be happier when I can get back to climbing more.
Posted Apr 30, 2011 12:36 am

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