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Page Type: Route

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Object Title: Waterloo

Route Type: Scrambling

Season: Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Rock Difficulty: Class 3

Difficulty: Easy

Number of Pitches: 2

Grade: I

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Page By: CzechMark

Created/Edited: Jan 20, 2011 / Feb 7, 2011

Object ID: 693286

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This is another scramble route to the top of the Haystack. It goes up the western side of the col between the North Summit and the Haystack.

Getting There

Take the Mt. Si trail all the way up to the summit block. Once you reach the flat where you have the South face of the Haystack looming over you, follow its base to the left, up and around. As you head north along the Western base of the 'Stack you'll come up to a relatively short rock "finger" where you can pause to look at the route.

Route Description

From the rock finger, look up at the talus slope leading up to the col between the North summit and the Haystack. It's pretty self explanatory. Just go up the slope to the col and finish the final pitch of the scramble which is on the right. I would definitely recommend this route as a winter alternative to the traditional scramble. The talus is pretty loose and the footing sucks, but if you have a good coating of snow or ice over it, its quite pleasant. Not to mention the view is far better in my opinion.

Essential Gear

Nothing needed in the summer, but bring an axe and some yaktraks, instep crampons, or the like in the winter. The talus slope is at about a 40 degree pitch so a slip could be hazardous to your health. Also take care on the final pitch of the scramble. Its quite exposed and a fall could result in serious injury or death. NOT FOR BEGINNERS.

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