North Ridge

Page Type
Route
Location:
Oregon, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hike/Scramble
Time Required:
A few days
Difficulty:
Class 2; option for some 3

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North Ridge
Created On: Dec 21, 2004
Last Edited On: Dec 21, 2004

Approach


Follow the directions on the main page under “Getting There” to reach the saddle between the east ridge of Cusick Mountain and Pt. 9,180. Drop off the north side to the floor of the hanging Honeymoon Basin on the north side of the peak. This basin provides excellent alpine camping and the start to the north ridge route of Cusick Mountain.

Route Description


The actual route should take 1-2 hours. However, plan on 2-3 days to hike the ~25-30 mile round trip hike from the trailhead to the mountain.

From Honeymoon Basin get on the light colored limestone ridge at any point. This will give a straight shot nearly to the summit. Near where the ridge joins with the larger northwest ridge the route gets steeper and a few feet of more difficult (class3) scrambling is needed to attain where they meet. An option is to cut left across the scree for a short distance just below the solid ridgeline. Follow the scree around until a chute of jumbled rock goes to the top. Look for the large, flat, light-colored rock lying on the ridge top and climb to it. You’re now on the main ridge line and ready for the final scramble to the top. Stay near the edge for the best footing.

An option with this route is to head straight up the talus in the center of the cirque to the moraines. These are very large and steep and composed of loose rock. To get on them its best to work around the perimeter near the solid limestone. Once curiosity of these massive structures is satisfied, one can head straight up the limestone ridge in many places to get onto the main route.

Essential Gear


Good hiking boots and possibly goggles to avoid getting the limestone dust in they eyes. An ice axe and crampons are recommended for a spring or early summer attempt when snow will be present.

Miscellaneous Info


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