Mount Watson


Alpine Scramble - Mount Watson

This is an scramble mostly in open alpine environment traveling on glaciated granite, permanent snow field that is steep in places and rock scrambling near the summit.

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  • Strenuous 3, Technical 4
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,234 ft
  • Pace: 1 mph average

Meet at the trailhead (TH) arriving around 7AM and leave from the TH at 8AM sharp.  Will have discussion at 7:30AM.

It is recommended to arrive the night before the trip begins.

Generally the road conditions are good from the Upper Baker Dam, but there are some steep and washboard sections.  Recommend and AWD car with some ground clearance or equal. There is a fair amount of parking but with Covid-19 we will want to be respectful of others.

The route crosses a stagnant glacier/permanent snowfield. The snow will get steep near the saddle that is crossed about 1/3 mile east of the main summit peak.  Should be experienced with ice ax and crampons.  From the saddle to the summit is unknown by me, but would expect scrub trees and brush part of the way from the saddle to the summit.


Mount Watson

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    USGS Bacon Peak

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    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
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