Russian Butte/East Ridge


Basic Alpine Climb - Russian Butte/East Ridge

A chance to visit an inspiring looking peak close in the Middle Fork.

  • Sat, Sep 23, 2023
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Strenuous 4
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,500 ft

Meet at Oxbow Loop main parking area, 0700.  This is the meeting place, but we'll actually leave the cars further east at one of the pull-outs near the Middle Fork.

This is a challenging trip into the unknown!  I've listed it as a Basic Alpine climb, rather than a scramble, since we might well have to rappel, depending on our route.  We will most likely ford the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, which should be low at this time of the year.  But, be prepared for some deep wading, and bring water shoes.  This will likely be a long and strenuous day!


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

  • 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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