Standard West Route

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Washington, United States, North America
Route Type:
Scramble with exposure
Time Required:
One to two days
Class 3

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Standard West Route
Created On: Jan 28, 2004
Last Edited On: Jan 28, 2004


See Main Page for descriptions on how to get to the 6,700-ft trail camp in the meadow at the head of the valley. This camp is south of the summit. These approaches all come in via the North Fork Entiat River drainage.

Route Description

From the trail camp at 6,700 ft in the meadow 0.7 miles south of the summit, hike the trail northward until it turns sharply left at a small boggy meadow at ~6,900 ft (the trail continues around the south shoulder of Saska). Leave the trail and ascend northward or veer slightly east of due north over open terrain almost to the ridge crest between Emerald and Saska. Just before the crest look for a scree and talus slope leading up and to the right to a notch on the Northwest Ridge. Ascend this about halfway then cut right (south) into the adjacent gully. Climb this gully to the depression between the summits. The true (north) summit is to the left of the depression. Some exposure here.

Distance from car to summit = 9.5 miles (95% trail). Elevation gain = 4,700 ft. Time = 5-6 hours.
Distance from meadow camp = 1.0 mile (half of this is trail). Elevation gain = 1,700 ft. Time = 1.5-2.5 hours.

Essential Gear

Outdoor clothing in case of bad weather.
No technical gear needed. Helmet optional.
Ice axe if early season or mid-season. There may be snow in the gullies. By late season these should be all but gone.

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