Alpine Scramble - Yakima Peak


Alpine Scramble - Yakima Peak

Flower, birds, butterflies, geology! A short trip for Introduction to Natural World class students (and now other Club members) to the high meadow above Chinook Pass, including a Scramble of Yakima Peak with a remarkable summit involving large Basalt Columns. Participants MUST be Scrambling or Basic Climbing students or graduates. Priority for students in the Naturalist class but will open for general membership the week of the trip. LEADER PERMISSION REQUIRED! Note: I'll be out of c0ntact Wed thru Fri before the weekend of the trip- leave messages and I'll get back to you Friday night.

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  • Moderate, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 2.0 nm
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft

Note: I'll be out of contact Wed thru Fri before the weekend of the trip- leave messages and I'll get back to you Friday night.

This is an Exploring Nature Naturalist trip, at a slow observational pace, with a steep chossy scramble up a ravine to the top of Yakima Peak.  I recommend either field guides or phone Nature Apps to ID plants, birds and butterflies.  Apps could include the Burke Museum "Washington Wildflower" plant guide, and Merlin Bird ID.  The book "Butterflies of the PNW" is the only Butterfly Guide you'll ever need for Washington.


I recommend hiking poles and require a helmet and scramble boots for our short jaunt up to Yakima peak.  We will carry a scramble rope for a fixed line for a short exposed section near the top, for those who feel the need. 


Naches, Yakima & Seymour Peaks

  • USGS Chinook Pass

    Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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