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Wallaby Peak

 
Wallaby Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.50657°N / 120.61508°W

Object Title: Wallaby Peak

Activities: Mountaineering, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Elevation: 7995 ft / 2437 m

 

Page By: Fred Spicker

Created/Edited: Sep 16, 2009 / Apr 23, 2011

Object ID: 554133

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Wallaby Peak
Wallaby Peak from the northwest.

 
Kangaroo Ridge
Setting - from the SW.

Overview

 
From Abernathy Peak to the...
From the SE.

Wallaby Peak is the accepted, but still unofficial name for Point 7995 on Kangaroo Ridge. It is located about 2 miles southeast of Washington Pass (Washington State Route 20) with its southwest ridge beginning at Kangaroo Pass. Unlike most of the other summits of Kangaroo Ridge that are rock towers and pinnacles requiring technical ascents, Wallaby is more massive and has a non-technical route to its summit.

The first ascent of Wallaby was made by (who else?) Fred Beckey, Helmy Beckey, and Walt Varney on 17 June 1942.

Getting There

 
Half Moon and Wallaby
Wallaby and approach to Kangaroo Pass from the Liberty Bell Group

The shortest access is from the hairpin curve (large pullout – ample parking) to the east of Washington Pass. Access via other trails from the east or south would be unreasonably long.

There is a trail leading south from the hairpin curve into the basin at the base of Wallaby’s north face and to Kangaroo Pass at the base of Wallaby’s southwest ridge. Going over the pass and around through the notch at the base of Kangaroo Temple would probably be the easiest access to Wallaby’s east face.

The first part of the trail consists of a lot of following small cairns across talus and boulders, but higher in the basin it turns into an excellent trail that is easy to follow and as good as many official, maintained trails.

To find the trail from the pullout, head toward the large talus slope just south of Spire Gulch. The trail skirts the bottom of this talus – watch for cairns and follow them carefully until you reach the upper part of the basin where the trail becomes very distinct.

Routes Overview

 
Wallaby Peak Southwest Ridge
SW Ridge/SW Gully diagram

Guidebook: CASCADE ALPINE GUIDE, VOL 3: RAINY PASS TO FRASER RIVER: Climbing & High Routes, 2nd Edition by Fred Beckey.

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Southwest Ridge / Southwest Gully: Grade I, Class 2. From Kangaroo Pass, follow the southwest ridge to where it becomes obvious that you need to traverse to the southeast in order to stay on easy terrain. Traverse upward to the southwest gully that leads to the summit. There is nothing harder than Class 2 unless you decide to climb some Class 3 rock to avoid the loose talus and scree. This route might be best done in the spring with good snow conditions. (See trip reports under External Links)

Beckey lists two other routes with somewhat vague descriptions, see the guidebook for details.

North Face, Grade II, 5.9, 4 pitches.

East Face Couloir, 40-degree snow and Class 4 & 5 rock.

Views

 
Early Winters Creek
Northwest
 
Half Moon from Wallaby
Northeast
 
Silver Star Mountain from Wallaby
Northeast (tele)

Red Tape and General Forest Information

 
Half Moon & Wallaby Peak from...
From Liberty Bell

A Northwest Forest Pass is NOT required to park at the hairpin.

South of Kangaroo Pass, you are in wilderness. If you plan to camp there, see the Okanogan National Forest web site for rules and regulations.

The Okanogan National Forest web site has current information regarding road and trail conditions, closures, campgrounds, etc.:

Okanogan National Forest

Camping

There are official USFS fee campgrounds on both sides of Washington Pass. The nearest is Lone Fir to the east with Klipchuck and Early Winters a bit further east, but at lower elevations and thus open earlier in the season.

Some folks "bivouac" at the Blue Lake Trailhead or even at the hairpin curve.

Beckey and others discourage camping in the basin above the hairpin for obvious environmental reasons.

Campground Information


External Links

Early Season climb - Trip Report

Early Season climb & ski descent - Trip Report

Images