Big Chiwaukum


Alpine Scramble - Big Chiwaukum

Exploratory - Big Chiwaukum 8081

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  • Strenuous 5, Technical 5
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,300 ft

appx 9:30 am the White Pine Creek Trailhead. Carpool arrangements will be coordinated by leader.

Destination has been changed due to extensive snowpack. Heading to explore Big Chiwaukum and/or Snowgrass Mountain. Friday is no longer part of this trip. I'm leaving three days listed to provide some flexibility for weather and in case we decide to spend two nights and attempt both.

Day 1, meet at Whitepine Creek trailhead and hike in to camp. After 2.5 miles take left onto Wildhorse Creek trail to Camp (destination dependent on local snow conditions); could be 4-7 miles. Camping location will likely be in snow. Bring extra fuel for melting snow for water.

Day 2 scramble either Big Chiwaukum or Snowgrass. Please review websites and/or Smoot's Climbing Washington's Mountains for route information. Return to camp, pack-up and return to trailhead.  

No students on this exploratory trip, please.


Big Chiwaukum

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Green Trails Chiwaukum Mtns No. 177

    USGS Mt Howard

    USGS Chiwaukum Mountains

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, Ice Ax, Helmet, Snowshoes, Crampons, Sleeping pad, Sleeping bag (appx 20 degree?). To Share: Tent, Stove, Fuel, Cookpot, Bear line, water filter, shovels. Leader will coordinate the sharing of tents.

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