OverviewBig Chiwaukum and south ridge with the unofficially named Ladies Peak. There are two main summits which give this mountain a broad hulking appearance when viewed from the southeast. The southwest peak is 38 feet higher and the easier to attain, while the northeast peak is more rugged and requires some sustained class 3 scrambling to reach the top. There are several small permanent snowfields on the north face. Snowgrass Mountain is literally surrounded by small lakes, 8 to be exact.
There are two main ways to access the peak. The Whitepine Creek approach can be taken to access the south ridge at some point north of Ladies Peak and involves some scrambling along the ridge. Whitepine Creek is the best choice if you wish to do Snowgrass in combination with Big Chiwaukum. Icicle Creek and Frosty Pass is another option. But the standard route begins on the Chatter Creek trail and is class 2. See the route section for more information. Snowgrass Mountain sees fewer ascents compared to other Leavenworth area peaks. The reason for this is that it is isolated and there is no trail to the summit. Also it lacks substantial prominence. From Ladies Pass to the summit and back requires roughly 3.5 miles of traversing across loose scree and talus along with a varying amount of snow depending on the season. As of July 2013 there was a brass Mountaineers cannister style register.
Chatter Creek RouteFrom the Chatter Creek trailhead follow the trail through forest to 4370 feet. Cross the creek and continue along the trail on the east side of the creek. Break out of the trees at 5000 feet and you will have a view of the east face of Grindstone Mountain. Continue through meadows and then brushy slopes towards the pass at 6660 feet, northeast of Grindstone Mountain.
Getting There / Driving DirectionsFrom the town of Leavenworth on Highway 2, take Icicle Creek road 15 miles to the Chatter Creek trailhead located on the right (north) side of the road.
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Red Tape / CampingA northwest Forest pass required to park at the Chatter Creek trailhead. DO NOT camp on the shore of Lake Edna. Regulations require require a distance of at least 500 feet to reduce soil erosion. Also remember to fill out the free Alpine Lakes Wilderness permit at the trailhead and carry it with you.
External Trip Reports
- July 2013 trip report by Bryan
- July 2010 trip report by Opus
- September 2006 trip report by Justus
- September 2006 trip report by Randy
- August 2006 trip report by Wenatchee Outdoors