OverviewGraybeard to the south. Indeed, most of the peaks around Easy Pass are very spectacular, and New Morning affords great views of the entire Easy Pass area with peaks like Graybeard, Mt. Logan, Mesahchie Peak, Kitling, Black, and other huge mountains of the North Cascades. New Morning Peak is a fairly quick ascent from Easy Pass, but is likely not climbed that much. In fact, the first ascent of this releatively close peak was only in 1973. This is due to the fact that there is indeed exposure encountered on the ridge accessing the summit block, and on the summit block itself. For great views across the valley to Mount Hardy and Silverstar Mountain, and across Easy Pass to Graybeard and Black Peak, New Morning Peak is a worthy objective.
Cross Granite Creek on a very well-built log bridge, and then start climbing. The trail to Easy Pass is 3.5 miles long and gains 2,700 feet, but it is well-graded and a good trail. Approximate hiking time to Easy Pass(6500 feet) is about 2 hours. Easy Pass is a beautiful parkland with lovely larch trees and grassy meadows.
From Easy Pass, climb grassy slopes to the northwest, gaining 700 feet to about 7200 feet. From here, traverse on top of the ridge towards the summit block. In the Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume II, Fred Beckey makes the climb sound as easy a just a bump along the ridge. It is not nearly so trivial. The ridge starts out broad and easy, but narrows signficantly in to a knife ridge with exposure. The climbing is not especially difficult. Once on the summit block, traverse across some Class 3-4 rock until you gain the steep, reddish gully. The summit is only about 50 feet above once you reach this point. Climb the gully, taking care with the loose rock.
An alternative route seems possible from just below (northeast) of Easy Pass. The gully system seems to reach all the way down to the trail, and this seems to be a feasible, if loose route to the summit.
Red Tape and Camping
There is no camping allowed at the Easy Pass trailhead or at Easy Pass itself. Easy Pass is the boundary for North Cascades National Park. The only permissible camping in the area is in Fisher Creek Basin, about 1300 feet below and 2 miles from Easy Pass. The Park Service keeps a very tight rein on those wishing to camp in this area. Don't be surprised to find rangers lurking about who will give you a citation if you don't camp at the Fisher Creek camp and camp elsewhere in the area. You have been warned!
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North Cascades National Park
To contact the Ranger Station directly, write or call:
North Cascades National Park
7280 Ranger Station Road
Marblemount, WA 98267-9755
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