Mount Stuart/Cascadian Couloir


Alpine Scramble - Mount Stuart/Cascadian Couloir

This is the In-A-Day version of this awesome peak, the overlord of the Enchantments/Teanaway region.

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  • Sat, Jul 29, 2017
  • Seattle Alpine Scrambling
  • Scrambling
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Adults
  • Technical 5, Strenuous 5
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,000 ft

Again, this is NOT the two or three-day backpack version of this trip.  There will be no heavy pack to haul over Long's Pass and back, no camping out in the deep dark bottom of Ingalls Creek, no cooking, no stoves, no fuel.  Instead, we will start up the trail with day packs.  Headlamps may well be needed for the trail entry and trail exit portions of this scramble.  If at all possible, plan on a car camp on Friday night and do not plan on making it to the opera, the movie, or another evening engagement in Seattle on Saturday night.

Participants must be booted up and ready to roll out of the Ingalls/Longs Pass TH (the end of the North Fork Teanaway Rd) at 5:00 am on Saturday, July 29.  Headlamps will likely be needed for the first and last portions of the trip (up to Long's Pass on trail and down from Long's Pass on trail).  Be absolutely sure you have a working headlamp with fresh batteries that you have personally tested immediately prior to the trip and that you have fresh spare batteries. 

It is strongly suggested that you drive over to the Teanaway region on Friday night and car camp at a comfortable spot such as the Beverly CG or one of the nearby informal spots so that you get a decent night's sleep.  Regardless of whether you drive over the night before or not, please be on time at the TH early enough to be boots on and packs ready by five in the morning.  Expect a long day and a late finish.  On the other hand, you will only be carrying a scramble pack, not an overnight backpack.  Efficiently loaded, this trip can be and has been done in a day at this time of year by reasonably strong parties.  

ONE DAY TRIP: Please again note that this is the In-A-Day daypack version of this trip, not the two-or-three day backpacking version.  Not everybody has the time to spend parts of three days or enjoys hauling the heavy pack to score this magnificent peak.

WATER: There is no reliable water source between the TH and Ingalls Creek (2,000 feet of gain on trail and 1500 feet of descent on way-trail).  There is no guaranteed water source between Ingalls Creek and the return from the summit to the creek (4500 feet each way).  The party will pump water at Ingalls on the way in and out.  Please hydrate well before the beginning of the trip, have cold water or energy drinks in coolers in the car for your return, and bring adequate palatable nutrition for a long day on the mountain. The party will arrange for at least two pumps for water.  Each party member MUST have three-four liters in water carrying capacity (four recommended).

HEADLAMPS: Again, working headlamps with fresh spare batteries are a necessity. 

WEATHER: There is no point whatsoever in running this trip unless the near-term forecast is decent to excellent.  Stuart is too high and exposed to risk bad weather and can attract and generate its own bad weather.  You may wish to have a backup plan in mind.

SUN EXPOSURE/DEHYDRATION CONCERNS: It's nice that we seem to be having a warm dry summer!  It's also a sun exposure/dehydration concern, even on trips that don't involve the kind of effort and southern exposure of this trip.  Please bring adequate snacks, hydrate ahead of time, consider energy drinks, consider "goo" or other electrolyte-replacement snacks, and don't forget your sunglasses and sunscreen!  Please carefully review the route photos in Beckey and be well aware of the gain, mileage, exposure, and issues with loose rock on the lower portions of the Cascadian. 

CONDITIONING/SKILLS: Good condition is an absolute must on this trip; this trip is not the time or place to attempt to gain conditioning.  This is also not the trip for people who lack good loose-rock skills or who lack good hiking pole etiquette.   If you have concerns or questions about your conditioning, stamina, or skill level, PLEASE contact the leader.  None of this is meant to deter the enthusiastic party member: this In-A-Day scramble should be enjoyable and scenic, not a death march, but that's largely a matter of conditioning, attitude, and honest self-assessment.


Mount Stuart/Cascadian Couloir

  • Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209

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

    USGS Mount Stuart

    Green Trails The Enchantments No. 209S
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Downclimbing kit -  harness or sling-harness, locking 'biner, cord loop
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