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Northwest Route

Northwest Route

Northwest Route

Page Type: Route

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.20800°N / 121.417°W

Object Title: Northwest Route

Route Type: Scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Grade II, class 3

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Created/Edited: Nov 14, 2005 / Nov 14, 2005

Object ID: 167578

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See main page of White Chuck Mountain for approach description

Route Description

This is the most popular route on the peak. It is a surprisingly easy scramble that follows very exposed ledges across the south side of the northwest ridge.

Follow the approach trail into the talus field below the northwest summit. This summit is separated from the main peak by a steep gully. A path to climbers right of the gully ascends steeply to the crest of the northwest ridge. From here there are great views of the north face and glacier. Rather than following the crest of the ridge the path traverses out onto its southwest side. Continue on a gradual upward traverse towards the summit linking exposed ledge systems with sections of scrambling. An exposed notch is crossed just before the summit. Some climbers might enjoy the comfort of an occasional belay. Descend the route. (1-3 hours up, 1-3 hours down)

Essential Gear

Ice axe and crampons in early season. Some climbers might want a rope.

Miscellaneous Info

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Descending the standard...