East Ridge

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 46.75830°N / 121.7314°W
Additional Information Route Type: Technical Rock Climb
Additional Information Time Required: Most of a day
Additional Information Difficulty: 5.6 III
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From Paradise entrance of Rainier NP, park at Narada Falls in winter, or in summer continue on to Reflection Lake.

Winter: from Narada Falls parking lot, ascend (skis or snowshoes) throught the trees to the left of steep avalanche slope. Follow ski/boot tracks along road to reflection lake. (1.5 hours). Ascend through trees to saddle between The Castle(east of Pinnacle) and Pinnacle Peak. (2 hours)

Summer: from Reflection lake take trail to saddle between Pinnacle Peak and Plummer Peak (just west of Pinnacle). Traverse behind Pinnacle to saddle between Pinnacle and The Castle. (2 hours)

Route Description

Rope up at the saddle between The Castle and Pinnacle. 1st pitch: Ascend ramps or loose rock (snow and ice in winter) up to trees below steep section of ridge. 2nd pitch (5.6) follows to the right and then left up steep ridge to horn next to small notch. 3rd pitch follows narrow ridge across notch and up the other side, following ridge. Scramble up to summit.

Descend climbing route in winter, or follow trail down loose south gully in summer.

Essential Gear

4-5 medium to small nuts, 2-3 cams to 2.5 inches.
60m rope
ice axes, crampons in winter

Miscellaneous Info

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