The "start" for this route is the summit of Mount Helen
. Use the East Slopes
route to the top.
This route is an exciting ridge scramble, and can be done in either direction.
From the summit of Mount Helen, descend the ridge to a 12,900 foot saddle. From here, you will ascend the ridge to a high point at 13,400 feet, and then descend again to another 13,200 foot saddle.
The most difficult climbing here is to and from the 13,400 foot highpoint. There is some Class 3 areas and route finding is necessary. The exposure can be great at times. Take your time and ascertain the best and safest route.
This is fairly straightforward, but can be a little confusing. The difficult areas are short.
One-Way Mileage: 1.1 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: +780, -430
A view of the ridge from Mount Helen's Summit. Late Spring Conditions.
A good view of most of the ridge from Father Dyer's Summit
A helmet would be a good idea for this route. Ropes or rock pro would probably be not needed.