Mount Washington is one of the most popular and most easily accessed climbs in the Olympic Range. It sits with its 5944 ft neighbor Mt Ellinor high above the shores of Lake Cushman. Washington's summit ridge serves as the boundary for the Mount Skokomish Wilderness boundary.
The view from the summit of Mount Washington (Photo by Gimpilator)
East Side Routes: From US 101, follow signs for Lake Cushman until FS rd 24 is reached. At the T, turn right on RD 24 for about 1 mile. Turn left on FS RD 2419 and follow it up the Big Creek Drainage to the start of the routes. In the winter, this road may be blocked 2-3 miles from the trailhead.
There are established routes up almost every climbable aspect of Mt Washington. These routes vary from low class 3 climbs to chossy 5th class technical climbs. If you plan to attempt any route, regardless of its rating, make sure you are well versed in basic mountaineering skills (ice ax use, etc...) and navigation.
|Route 1||I, 3||This is the standard route and can become crowded on a nice day. Wear your helmet!|
|Surprise Couloir||II, 4||Best climbed early in season. Two tools and rock protection are advised|
|Route 2||I, 3||Climbs east side of peak|
|Winter Direct||II, AI-1||Only climbed when snow covered. Bring 2 tools and rock and ice pro. Always check the local avalanche forecast!|
|Southeast Ridge||III, 5.7||See the Olympic Mountain Climbing Guide by Olympic Mountain Rescue for in depth details on this route. TR with excellent beta|
|East Ridge||II, 4|
|Northeast Ridge||I, 3||Use the Jefferson Creek approach. This route involves extensive bushwhacking and is rarely done|
|Northeast Face||II, 3||Ascends between the NE and N ridges|
|Great Groove||II, 4||Climb a dry waterfall on the NE Face before intersecting the NE face route|
|North Ridge - Diagonal Snowfield||II, 4||Same approach as the Great Groove|
|North Ridge - Yellow Cedar||II, 4|
|North-Northwest Face||II, 3|
|Shangri-La Valleye||II, 3||Sometimes Combined with a traverse over to Mt Ellinor|
|Southwest Snowfield||II, 3|