Mount Storm King

Trip

Basic Alpine Climb - Lookout Dome Traverse & Mount Storm King Traverse

A grand traverse along the ridge hosting Mount Storm King on a very strenuous scramble/climb of 6,000 feet elevation gain over 17 miles, with 6 miles of cross country travel. Participants will be treated to sweeping views of Lake Crescent, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the recently restored Elwha River valley, and the central Olympics, with Mount Olympus beckoning in the distance. Attendees must have a recent history of strenuous scramble trips as well as graduate status from the basic climbing course.

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  • Strenuous 5, Technical 4, Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,100 ft

Various P&Rs to accommodate attendees, then an early ferry sailing before heading out at ~9AM from the Storm King Ranger Station.

A grand traverse along the ridge hosting Mount Storm King on a very strenuous scramble of 6,000 feet elevation gain over 17 miles, with 6 miles of cross country travel.  On our first day we will ascend using the sparsely maintained Barnes Creek trail and camp near the summit of Lookout Dome.  On day two we will scramble/climb 6 miles of arduous cross country terrain along an undulating ridge crest to visit the summit of Storm King and reach the Mount Storm King trail for the remainder of our descent.  

Although this route is strictly speaking a scramble, we will be carrying rock gear to ensure we have adequate resources to cope with any unforeseen conditions.

Photos from past trips can be seen here.

Route/Place

Mount Storm King


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe
  • Rock Climbing Gear
  • Overnight Gear
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