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Northwest Ridge

Northwest Ridge

Northwest Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Object Title: Northwest Ridge

Route Type: Scrambling

Season: Fall

Time Required: Half a day

Rock Difficulty: Class 3

Difficulty: Easy

Route Quality: 
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Page By: spotly

Created/Edited: Nov 11, 2008 / Nov 11, 2008

Object ID: 462738

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There are no trails other than braided and fading game trails. This is mostly a bushwhack over rolling terrain with an occasional talus slope and rock band to negotiate. The route-finding is fairly simple though.

From the north-side approach, leave the hairpin parking spot and walk up the road about 20 feet before heading south through a small saddle. Continue southerly for about 2 miles to the rock. You will encounter another large summit along the way but continue past it - Whitestone Rock is the next feature south and is hidden by this one until within a half a mile from its base.

Route Description

The route follows the NW ridge. If it's wet, take a line that avoids the rock as much as possible - it's very slick when wet. There are one or two short sections of class 2/3 that require hands but mostly it's just a steep hike.

The views from the top make the bushwhacking worthwhile.


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Whitestone Rock Parking Spot