For the time being, Trail #640 to the West Summit, West promontory summit, and Middle (Skadulgwas) Summit is closed to facilitate logging activity. Access to the Main (East) Summit is not effected. For more information, click here
Take the West Summit Trail
to the 4,600-ft notch just before the West Summit promontory.
Leave the trail at the 4,600-ft notch and contour east. Or, if combining with an ascent of the West Summit promontory (4,849 ft), just follow the crest eastward from there. Pass down through a cliff band about midway to Skadulgwas. Approach the West Ridge of Skadulgwas but veer to the right onto the sandstone slabs. The friable slabs may be discomforting but the climbing is apparently not all that hard (Class 4 if you like but could be Class 5 if you go a harder way up).
Take a rope--might be more useful for a rappel.
Time = 4-5 hours from car; 3,100 ft of gain; approximately 11 miles round trip.
Ice axe if early season. Crampons if icy.
50m rope (possibly a 30m). Runners for tree-slung protection. A small rack, perhaps. The mountain can be climbed without use of ropes. It all depends on your comfort level. The rope may be more useful for the rappel.
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