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