Alpine Scramble - Russian Butte/East Ridge


Alpine Scramble - Russian Butte/East Ridge

Off-trail, steep, and technical...plan for a long day

  • Technical 5, Strenuous 5
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,123 ft

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This will be a long day with lots of off-trail elevation gain.
Early 5am start!
Here's our approximate route.

- Helmet
- Ice axe
- Harness (such as a webbing harness tied with a water knot)
- Locking carabiner (or 2 nonlockers)
- Cord loop (for a klemheist or prusik)
- NW Forest Pass for each vehicle (not a Discover Pass)

We'll only do this trip if there's no rain in the forecast...if the trip is canceled due to weather then there won't be an alternate destination.

When to meet:
We'll leave the cars and start hiking @ 5am
Where to meet:
Middle Fork Snoqualmie TH, elev 1040 ft
I-90 exit 34, then 0.6 mi N on 468th Ave SE
Then 11.6 miles on Middle Fork Road (go past Mailbox TH)
Lat/Long = 47.5481, -121.5373
40+ minutes from I-90/I-405 intersection


Russian Butte/East Ridge

  • Green Trails Middle Fork Snoqualmie No. 174S

    Green Trails Bandera No. 206

    USGS Bandera

    USGS Lake Phillipa
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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