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Standard South Route

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Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.11000°N / 120.642°W

Object Title: Standard South Route

Route Type: Scramble

Time Required: One to two days

Difficulty: Class 2-3

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Created/Edited: Jan 28, 2004 / Jan 28, 2004

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Approach


See Main Page for descriptions on how to get to the trail camp in the meadow 0.7 miles southeast of the summit. Three of these approaches come in via the North Fork Entiat River drainage.

The other approach to this route is via the Snow Brushy Creek Trail (see Main Page description).

Route Description


From the trail camp at 6,700 ft in the meadow 0.8 miles southeast of the summit, hike the trail northward until it turns sharply left at a small boggy meadow at ~6,900 ft. Continue southwest on the trail as it contours around Saska's south shoulder. At about 0.25 miles from the sharp corner when the trail rounds a small rib, leave the trail and begin climbing toward the summit. Most of the terrain is easily negotiated and not terribly steep. Minor rock bands and gullies will force some routefinding but it will be nothing to be concerned about.

Warning: DO NOT descend the East Face if wanting to traverse over to Emerald Peak. The face soon tips over into cliffs unseen from the summit (take care to note this while on the approach where the trail turns sharply left at 6,700 ft). A descent of the East Face is dangerous and will not save you any time compared to going back via the south shoulder and trail. See this image.

Essential Gear


Outdoor clothing in case of bad weather.
No technical gear needed. Helmet optional.
Ice axe if early season or mid-season. There may be snow but by late season this should be all but gone.

Miscellaneous Info


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Images

This is the boggy meadow at...Saska as viewed from Emerald...