Swauk Ridge

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Mountain/Rock
Location:
Washington, United States, North America
County:
Kittitas
Activities:
Hiking, Scrambling
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation:
4205 ft / 1282 m
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Swauk Ridge
Created On: Oct 20, 2016
Last Edited On: Oct 21, 2016

Overview

The summit and larch
The summit and larch

Swauk Ridge is a little known summit that is located south of Blewett Pass. It is overshadowed by many of its neighbor summit to the north and west. At 4205 feet tall and 405 feet of prominence, this summit is very short compared to nearby Mission Ridge to the east and the Teanaway and Enchantments to the west. Because of the fact that the peak sits far east of the Cascade Crest the precipitation on this summit are tend to be very little making it a good rain-shadow summit. It also sits at a lower elevation so that it make a good snow free summit when peaks in the Teanaway are snow covered.

The Enchantments
The Enchantments

Swauk Ridge might not be that tall but there are good views of Red Top, Mission Ridge and the Enchantments from this peak. These views can be seen not just on the summit but all along the ridge including the northern highpoints along the ridge. There is no trail to get to the summit although there are some vague foot-paths along the ridge. Provided you take the right route the trip is easy Class 2 to the summit.

Red Top
Red Top

Getting There

FROM CLE ELUM VIA RIDGE ROUTE: Take Route 97 to Blewett Pass. On the way to Blewett Pass you pass by Mineral Springs Resort. About a mile passed the Resort make a right on Road 9705 and take it all the way up to the highest part (2.5 miles from Highway 97) where you will see an obvious turn-out on your left hand side.  

Route

Map of the Route
Map of the Route

There are a number of routes one can take to the summit. The route described on this page will be the snow free ridge route that traverse the ridge all the way to the true summit. This route has no formal trail and there is some light bushwhacking and scrambling on this route from time to time. There are good views on all of the highpoints along the ridge including the obvious true summit. There is one minor Class 2 section that separates the northern sub-peaks from the south sub-peaks. Though it is not exposed, it is loose and one will need to use caution on this one small section. Other that this 4 mile long 900 feet elevation gain route can easily be done in a couple of hours.

From just north of the summit
From just north of the summit

On the map will lie other potential routes one can do to summit Swauk Ridge which will include potential winter routes as well.

Red Tape

There are no formal parking passes or fees needed for this mountain. The road does close in winter which is from November to April. During this time it makes for a good snowmobile route or a snowshoe route.

When to Climb

Fall colors
Fall colors

This summit can be hiked at any time.  It is best to avoid the summer when the heat in the region can be at its worse. In fall this peak does have a number of western larches making mid-October a pleasant time to hike to the summit of this mountain. A winter trip up this mountain may also be a rewarding trip. Though the trip would be longer, the views on the summit of all the peaks covered in snoe would make this trip well worthwhile.
Larches
Larches

 

Camping

There is a great camping area right on the ridge top off of Forest Road 9705. If that is filled there will be other on the road along the way.

External Links

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