Mount Wow


Alpine Scramble - Mount Wow

Tax day leg stretcher Boundary Trail approach from the Nisqually park entance

  • Technical 3, Strenuous 4
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,400 ft

Lets have the Olympians meet at Martin Way Park and Ride at 5:30am

Others may meet up in the parking lot of the Whitaker rental store in Ashford at 7:30am.

more details to follow in the days before we head out. 

This is a 9.0 mile trip with 4400 ft. of gain so it will be a challenging day and we will need to move swiftly to make a summit attempt. 

Park outside the Nisqually Entrance across the road from the Gateway Inn. Walk back through the gate and then head left along the section of road where vehicles exit the park (separate section of road from that of the entrance station). Continue past the two buildings on your left and just past the buildings locate the unmarked beginning of the Boundary Trail. The trail circles back up behind one of the buildings -- and a short distance up is a metal sign: "Trail Not Maintained" which indicates you're on the right track. Trailhead elevation ~2100'.

The Boundary Trail, while unmaintained, is pretty easy to follow. It switchbacks up a first ridge, then drops down the far side again.

t about 4200' the Boundary Trail reaches the ridgetop -- here, turn off right/east and continue on and up the ridge. The ridgetop is fairly broad at first (bit brushy, but easy going), but after a short distance it begins to narrow and you'll pick up the remnants of an old user trail. This spur ridge goes up and down a bit on its approach to Wow's south ridge


Mount Wow

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Snow shoes
  • Appropriate clothing layers for conditions
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