Access from the Westside Road starts from Malone Spring and follows old logging roads and trails up the east flank to the summit, although these are no longer shown on Forest Service maps. There is no trailhead, but there are cross-country ski markers (this route is usually done in winter). See topographic map of routes below.
The Northeast Ridge route up Pelican Butte is a steep, 10-mile (round-trip) route that gives great views of the northeast glacial cirques (and the Northeast Bowls route, which ascends these cirques). Ascend the crest of the ridge, and simply follow it to the summit. The elevation gain is approximately 3800 feet.
Important gear in the winter includes nordic skiis or snowshoes, food, water, and maps. In the summer, you should bring sturdy hiking boots, food, maps, and water (there is no water on the mountain). Maps you should use are the USGS 7.5-minute series maps of Pelican Butte and Crystal Spring (both are scaled 1:24,000). The USFS map of the Sky Lakes Wilderness is also nice to have.
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