Bryant Peak straddles Glacier Peak Wilderness in the east and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness in the west. It is the furthest north of the famous "Poet's Ridge," a cluster of peaks named for famed American poets whose namesakes include Whittier Peak, Longfellow Mtn., Poe Mountain
, and Irving Peak
. The climb of Bryant will provide unrivalled views of the south side of Glacier Peak, as well as great views of Whittier Peak
to the east, and the Monte Cristo peaks to the west and north. Don't be fooled by the modest elevation of Bryant Peak. It is a long climb (about 12 miles roundtrip, 5,000 feet elevation gain with ups and downs) and will take a very full day.
Glacier Peak from Ridge Dropping below Longfellow
Drive US-2 East from Stevens Pass. Take a left at the access road to Lake Wenatchee. Follow signs to the Little Wenatchee River Road, and follow the road to its end. There are multiple trailheads here. Find the Poe Mountain
Trailhead, and hike a steep 3 miles (3,000 feet gain) to the ridge crest. From here, it is a quick jaunt to the south to complete the scramble of Poe Mountain. Instead, for Bryant Peak, head north along Poet's Ridge, following a well-defined trail. Under Longfellow mountain, the trail will dishearteningly lose about 1,000 feet. Don't fear...You will regain it all and then some. Follow the ridge north until under Bryant Peak, then ascend upward over steep heather and rock. Class 2. Time to summit: About 6 hours. Count on a 12 hour day round trip.
When to Climb
Ridge Back South Summit of Bryant
The mountain is usually climbed between the months of May to September, although due to the amount of time required to climb the peak, the longer daylight of Spring/early Summer is preferable.
In addition, snow cover in the basin leading to Bryant's summit ridge makes traversing the basin much easier. A June scramble is ideal.
Camping on the ridge will only be possible in early season (June or earlier) for access to snowmelt for water. Otherwise, this will be a very dry trip and camping will not be possible except at the trailhead.
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For snow conditions, contact the Lake Wentachee Recreation Club at:
Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club
Also, webcams are available from the Washington State Department of Transportation at:
Stevens Pass Web Cam