The subject of this page is the highest point along Phelps Ridge, the ridge that separates the Chiwawa River headwaters from the Phelps Creek headwaters. This peak is surrounded by higher peaks, but still offers fantastic views of the surrounding terrain, including the Phelps Creek and Chiwawa River drainages, the Lyman Lake basin, and numerous mountains of significance, including close-up views of Seven Fingered Jack
, Mt. Maude
, Mt. Fernow, Bonanza Peak
, Chiwawa Peak, Fortress Mountain
, Buck Mountain, the DaKobed Range, and Glacier Peak
. Phelps Ridge stands closely above a very popular cross-country route, Spider Gap, which gives backpackers a taste of mountaineering en route between the Upper Lyman Basin and Phelps Creek.
Drive east from Stevens Pass or west from Leavenworth on US Highway 2 and turn north toward Lake Wenatchee. After the Wenatchee River bridge go right at a Y, then drive 1.1 miles on county road 22 and turn left on Chiwawa River forest road number 62. Drive 24 miles to near the end of the road and turn right on the Phelps Creek road. Drive to the end of this road to the trailhead.
All trails and some picnic areas and campsites in the Wenatchee National Forest require a regional pass costing $5/day or $30/year. Golden Age and Golden Access Passport holders may purchase the above pass at a 50% discount. The Golden Eagle Passport will not apply to the Regional Northwest Forest Pass. You can get them at these ranger stations
. The pass can also be purchased online from the Washington Trails Association
. A free wilderness permit is available at all trailheads. Party size is limited to 12 within Glacier Peak Wilderness.
When To Climb
Optimal climbing conditions occur during the months of July through September.
Numerous forest camps and commercial camping facilities can be found on and near the approach roads. Camping is permitted within the Glacier Peak Wilderness if the required wilderness permit is in your possession.
Mountain ConditionsClick here
for road and trail information for the Lake Wenatchee Ranger District..