Mount Anderson/Eel Glacier

Trip

Alpine Scramble - Mount Anderson/Eel Glacier

Anderson by the east shoulder scramble route over 3.5 days with a mix of established and backcountry camping. Must have hiked or scrambled with us before and be ready for a multi-day strenuous backpack plus sketchy crux on loose rock. Please do not ask permission unless you have the fitness and experience and we know you.

  • alpine scramble
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 45.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,310 ft
  • Pace: 1000ft/hr

4pm Thursday, Aug. 8, Dosewallips TH

Probably itinerary:

Thurs, Aug. 8 - Meet 3:30pm, distribute group gear. Hike 7.7mi to Dose Forks CG.

Fri, Aug. 9 - 9.7mi and 4000+ft to Anderson tarns above Anderson Pass. We can take time to explore the big glacial lake on the Flypaper Pass route if we're speedy, or go straight to camp on the east tarns below the route. 

Sat, Aug. 10 - scramble time! Up steep heather ledges with veggie belays and some route finding to a boulder field to a saddle. The crux of the climb is beyond the saddle, up a 200-300ft chute of loose rocks. There should be a way to protect parts of it by wrapping a rope around a tree. After the crux, the scramble appears to mellow out and traverse ledges to the final summit ridge. After the scramble, we'll break camp and if we didn't explore the big glacial lake the day before, we can do it on the way out. We'll get back to Diamond Meadows for the night for a total of 9mi and 3000ft of climbing.

Sun, Aug. 11 - 13 easy miles out to the TH. 

Route/Place

Mount Anderson/Eel Glacier



  • USGS Mt Steel

    USGS The Brothers

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Approach shoes (trail runners, etc...)
  • Harness,
  • 1 prusik,
  • 1 locking carabiner
  • Trekking poles
  • Bug spray or bug suit
  • Camping gear
  • Group camping gear TBD
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