Alpine Scramble - Mount Pugh


Alpine Scramble - Mount Pugh

Dramatic, extremely strenuous, but not too technical scramble in the beautiful North Cascades. Preference to Oly scramble students needing a scramble to graduate.

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  • Strenuous 5, Technical 2, Rock Scramble, Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,300 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,201 ft
  • Pace: 1,000 ft/hr

TBD. If there is interest we may backpack up to Metan Lake by headlamp Friday night (Aug. 24) for a sunrise start on Saturday.

This is primarily for Olympia scramble students who still need a scramble to graduate. It will open for general permission requests on Aug. 20.

Mt. Pugh is a beautiful and remote peak in the North Cascades. It begins in deep woods, pops out at a lake, climbs steeply through the forest and out into talus fields to reach a switchback trail up to Stujack Pass. Above the pass it becomes more of a scramble, with at least one headwall and a very exposed ridge line to a summit block. 

This is an exploratory scramble for me; I've been about 100ft above Stujack and 1400ft from the summit. 



Mount Pugh

  • USGS Pugh Mountain

    USGS White Chuck Mtn

    Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111

    Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Harness, biner, sling, prussik
  • trekking poles
  • money for gas for driver
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