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Washington Scrambles

Washington Scrambles

Best Nontechnical Ascents, 2nd Edition


By author: Peggy Goldman
288 Pages, 978-1-59485-840-6
Mountaineers Books 03/31/2014
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Scrambles are for people who need to be on a mountain top, but don’t need a rope to get there!

• An out-of-print guidebook completely redone and brought back by reader demand
• 80 challenging, but non-technical, ascents in Washington, plus 5 traverses

Alpine scrambling is a form of nontechnical mountaineering that falls somewhere between high altitude hiking and rock climbing. Ropes and other aids typically are not needed. This new, fully revised second edition features 85 routes, including 25 all-new scrambles not in the first edition, as well as a new chapter covering fi ve high-alpine traverses in the North Cascades.

All routes are displayed on maps, many of which indicate alternative routes to the primary way up. Keep stats? Then you’ll also appreciate the all-new “scramble statistics” table.
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Challenger Traverse (PDF):
The Challenger Traverse is a superb trek on the northern edge of the Picket Range, with great camps, expansive views, and—except for one stretch—not particularly difficult terrain. 1 Route, 3 Pages.
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Banshee Peak (PDF):
Banshee Peak is the high point on the ridge that forms the cirque from Panhandle Gap to the Sarvant Glaciers in the eastern section of Mount Rainier National Park. 1 Route, 2 Pages.
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Bills Peak, Bean Peak, and Volcanic Neck (PDF):
Bills Peak, Bean Peak, and Volcanic Neck are all near the Chelan-Kittitas county line. While most of the peaks in the Teanaway area are splendid ridge-crest strolls, Volcanic Neck is a challenging scramble with areas of loose rock and exposure. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Cashmere Mountain (PDF):
Cashmere Mountain is the lonely giant north of the Enchantment Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. On a scramble of Cashmere, you will get close enough to Mount Stuart to distinguish crevasses in the glaciers on its north face. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Alta Mountain (PDF):
Alta Mountain is the northern end of Rampart Ridge, the extended crest between Box Ridge on the north and Keechelus Lake on the south. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Entiat Crest:
Situated in the Entiat region between Lake Chelan and the Entiat River, the peaks of Cardinal, Emerald, Saska, and Pinnacle form the crest and crown of the Chelan Mountains. 2 Routes, 3 Pages.
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Gardner Mountain (PDF):
Gardner and North Gardner mountains form the highest point in the Methow Mountains. Composed of sedimentary and volcanic rocks, Gardner is more desolate than most of the surrounding peaks. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Glacier Peak Traverse (PDF):
This beautiful trip will allow you to experience the vast green expanse of the Glacier Peak Wilderness without trails. Your reward will be superb views of the 10,525-foot Glacier Peak volcano along the way. 1 Route, 3 Pages.
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Coleman Pinnacle (PDF):
Coleman Pinnacle is the high point on Ptarmigan Ridge, the northeast spine of Mount Baker. The view is easily accessible to everyone, even those without the ability or inclination to go farther than the edge of the parking lot. 1 Route, 2 Pages.
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Echo Rock and Observation Rock (PDF):
Echo Rock and Observation Rock are high points about halfway between Mowich Lake and Mount Rainier. Both Echo and Observation are remnants of two satellite cones that erupted after Mount Rainier was almost completely grown. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Hawkins Mountain (PDF):
Hawkins Mountain is a high point on the western edge of the Wenatchee Mountains. There is no elevation marked on the USGS or Green Trails map, but the summit is above the 7160-foot contour (NAVD88 elevation of 7164 feet). 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Labyrinth Mountain (PDF):
Despite the daunting name, you won’t need a spool of thread to find your way on Labyrinth Mountain. It was named only for its bewildering map contours and is about as straightforward as a scramble can get. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Lichtenberg Mountain (PDF):
Lichtenberg Mountain, the high spot above Lake Valhalla north of Stevens Pass, is an easy destination almost any time of year and a good trip when you need a short day of fun scrambling. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Mount Maude and Seven Fingered Jack (PDF):
Mount Maude and Seven Fingered Jack are two of the highest scramble peaks of Washington and among the few Cascade nonvolcanic peaks above 9000 feet. Looming above Leroy Basin, together they comprise the western rim of the Entiat Mountains. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Mount Saint Helens (PDF):
Most experts consider Mount St. Helens the most active volcano in the Cascades in the last geologic epoch of 10,000 years, yet all the Cascade volcanoes are still active and potentially dangerous. Mount St. Helens continues to display intermittent seismic and volcanic activity. 2 Routes, 3 Pages.
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Mount Stone (PDF):
Mount Stone is located in the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park, north of Lake Cushman. Stone has three high points; the south summit at 6612 feet is the tallest. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Mount Washington (PDF):
While hordes of city slickers are trudging their way up Mount Ellinor in their sneakers, consider its neighbor, Mount Washington, as a refreshing alternative. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Old Snowy Mountain (PDF):
Old Snowy Mountain is the northernmost high point on the spine of the Goat Rocks Wilderness in southern Washington. The elevation of Old Snowy Mountain is not marked on the USGS map, but it is above the 7880-foot contour. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Osceola Peak, Mount Lago, and Mount Carru (PDF):
Called the “Sunny Pasayten” because it lies on the east side of the Cascade Crest, the Pasayten Wilderness is particularly attractive to scramblers when thick fog or steady rain wraps the west side of the mountains. 2 Routes, 3 Pages.
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Paddy-Go-Easy Peaks (PDF):
Paddy-Go-Easy Pass is a low point on the ridge of the Wenatchee Mountains. The name is said to come from a miner who had a burro named Paddy; at rough spots, the miner warned the animal to “go easy.” 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Sawtooth Ridge (PDF):
The scrambles of the Sawtooth Ridge parallel and lie east of Summit Trail. They offer miles and days of easy-to-roam ridges with huge views westward to the main Cascades Range over the trench of mostly hidden Lake Chelan. 9 Routes, 4 Pages.
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Three Fingers (PDF):
Three Fingers and its western glacier are distinctive sights from the cities lining the Puget Sound basin and from many North Cascade summits. The north peak is 6720 feet, the middle peak is 6800 feet, and the south peak is 6850 feet. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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The Brothers (PDF):
Anglers and hikers heavily use this area and coexist with scramblers, who will enjoy pristine rushing waters in the shade of old-growth forest. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Wallaby Peak (PDF):
Wallaby Peak is the unofficial name for Point 7995 on Kangaroo Ridge, the 3-mile north-south ridge located east of the Liberty Bell group and southwest of the Silver Star group in the North Cascades. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Tinkham Peak (PDF):
Tinkham Peak makes a good scramble for beginners. Some people consider it merely a hike, because a well-defined tread and only a short rock scramble lead to the top. Yet the path is as steep as a trail can be, and you may need to use your hands to pull yourself up in some places. 2 Routes, 2 Pages.
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Yellow Aster Butte (PDF):
Yellow Aster Butte is a favorite scramble in the late season, when the hills are luminous with the brazen hues of autumn and you can graze on ripe huckleberries. The trip is relatively easy, with small tarns and lakelets dotting the landscape. 1 Route, 2 Pages.
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