Big Chiwaukum

This is long, Class 2-3 scramble of the highest mountain in the Chiwaukum Mountain range with 17 miles and 5,280 feet of elevation gain.

getting there

Drive SR 2 to 13.5 miles east of Stevens Pass and turn south onto White Pine Road. Continue to the White Pine Trailhead at the road's end (2,800 ft).

approach & ascent

Hike the Whitepine Creek Trail (No. 1582) 2.3 miles to the Wildhorse Creek Trail (No. 1592). Continue on Wildhorse Creek Trail  to  ~5,400 ft directly west of the summit. Begin scrambling through meadows and around rock bands or alternatively continue to Grace Lakes for camp. Scramble to the west ridge and ascend eastward toward the main summit ridge.  Turn north staying below the summit headwall and scramble past blocky ledges to the summit pinnacle.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 5
  • Length: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,300 ft
  • 8,081 ft
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • Green Trails Chiwaukum Mtns No. 177
  • USGS Mt Howard
  • USGS Chiwaukum Mountains
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S

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