Banshee Peak & Cowlitz Chimneys


Basic Alpine Climb - Main Cowlitz Chimney

Long ONE day climb. 18 miles RT. Planning to climb Cowlitz Main, Cowlitz Central and Banshee all in one day. Early start.

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  • Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,700 ft

Will meet at Fryingpan Trailhead at 5:30 am sharp.  You can arrange carpool with those that live close to you or meet at the Safeway in Enumclaw at 4:45 am.   I may sleep at the TH. 

Need National Park Pass or Rainier Park pass

Our primary focus in completing Cowlitz Main, but will also shoot for Banshee and Cowlitz Central if time permits.  This will be a very long day.  Starting around 5:45am and possible finishing at 9 or 10 pm depending on how fast the group is. 

Most of the hike will be on the wonderland trail and even to Banshee there is a good foot  path.  


Helmet, Harness, approach shoes or boots comfortable to climb in, prusik, belay device, large pear shape carabiner, autoblock, PA, 3 locking carabiners, 10 essentials.

Will send out updated information a day or two before the climb


Banshee Peak & Cowlitz Chimneys

  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    USGS Chinook Pass
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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