Roughhouse Mountain

Page Type
Mountain/Rock
Location:
Washington, United States, North America
County:
Chelan
Activities:
Hiking
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation:
4760 ft / 1451 m
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Roughhouse Mountain
Created On: Mar 28, 2011
Last Edited On: Mar 28, 2011

Overview

Roughhouse Mountain is a mid-elevation peak located in the southwestern side of Chelan County, Washington. The peak is unofficially named, but officially recognized as tied for 94th-highest elevation on the Washington "Back Court" peak list and tied for 49th-most prominent on the same list.
Roughhouse MountainAscending West Slope Rather Than Follow Summit Road...

The mountain can be summited year-round. During snow-free periods, the standard approach is potentially driveable within 0.5 miles of the summit (or closer). During snow-bound periods, the standard approach is considered a decent snowshoe ascent from Highway 97, with gentle road grades and only 10-12 miles roundtrip (depending upon whether starting at Highway 97 & Forest Road 9715, or starting at Highway 97 & Swauk Campground "Sno-Park"). It is recommended to park at the official "Sno-Park" area at Swauk Campground, although many people (especially snowmobilers) commonly ignore that request at their own discretion and risk.
Following Forest Road 9715Heading North Along Forest Road 9715...

The summit has a communications building and tower. A road leads all the way to the summit. Because of this, and the low elevation of the peak, some people consider this mountain a "dumpster dive" rather than a worthy objective. However, those working on the "Back Court" peakbagging list, those looking for a non-technical snowshoe trip, and/or those looking for a relatively easy peak to summit might look to this peak.
Roughhouse MountainSummit Area

Proof Of Dumpster DiveProof Of Possible Dumpster Dive?

Getting There

From I-90 near Cle Elum, WA:
1) Along I-90, take Exit 85 (Exit for Highway 903/Highway 970).
2) Briefly head north, then head east, along Highway 970.
3) After ~10.3 miles, veer left/straight onto Highway 97 (northbound).
4) After ~9.5 miles further, Forest Road 9715 is found on the left (north) side of Highway 97, opposite Forest Road 9711/Durst Creek Road.

STANDARD APPROACH (USUALLY WHEN SNOW-FREE):
1) Drive up Forest Road 9715 for nearly 4.5 miles to "Old" Blewett Pass.
-> Either park at Old Blewett Pass or continue.
2) Turn left onto Forest Road 7322-200. There might be a sign pointing towards "Trail 1226" at this road junction.
Old Blewett Pass TurnoffRoad Junction At Old Blewett Pass

3) Continue following the main road north to Roughhouse Mountain.
-> See the approach map at the bottom of the "Getting There" section.
Roughhouse MountainNearing Roughhouse Mountain...


WINTER/SNOW APPROACH:
1) Drive east along Highway 97 for 0.75 miles beyond the Forest Road 9715 road junction, to the Swauk Campground on the right (south) side of the highway.
2) Park in the campground "Sno-Park" parking area.
3) Walk back west along Highway 97 to Forest Road 9715, and then follow the approach directions listed above and/or on approach map shown below.
Roughhouse MountainMap Of Standard Approach

Red Tape

No fees or permits are required to visit Roughhouse Mountain. However, people parking at any trailheads and "Sno-Park" areas must use an appropriate and up-to-date "Northwest Pass" or "Sno-Park" pass (depending on current conditions upon visit).
Roughhouse Mountain

Snowmobilers frequently visit the forest roads of this area during snowbound periods.

Camping

As Roughhouse Mountain is the site of an active communication complex, no camping is allowed on the mountain.

The nearest official campground is Swauk Campground, only 0.75 miles east of Forest Road 9715 along Highway 97.

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