Cave Ridge (winter)

A winter scramble to the prominent point on the ridge connecting Snoqualmie Mountain and Guye Peak. Cave Ridge is named for its seven caves. It's central location gives one a spectacular view of surrounding Snoqualmie Mountain, Lundin Peak, Red Mountain, Guye Peak, the Commonealth and Alpental basins below, and view of Mount Rainier and other peaks to the south.

approach & ascent

Alpental to Guye Peak-Cave Ridge saddle

Follow the Snoqualmie-Guye Trail to the Guye Peak–Cave Ridge saddle.

Pacific Crest Trail Trailhead to Guye Peak-Cave Ridge saddle

Follow main trail out Commonwealth Basin. Shortly after starting out, take a left turn off new Pacific Crest Trail to head up Commonwealth Basin (NAD27 10 T 619802 5253684, 30°). Follow the trail to log bridge crossing the Commonwealth Creek (10 T 620569 5254781). Continue behind Guye Peak to the saddle joining Guye Peak with Cave Ridge. Stay close to the shoulder of Guye Peak (climbers left), and aim for that side of the saddle (10 T 619892 5255830).

Guye Peak–Cave Ridge Saddle  to Cave ridge "summit"

Follow the ridge of the saddle up to the west side of Cave Ridge (354°) , following the cliff bands to a turning point (10 T 619829 5256319). Here, there is an obvious broad acclivity forming a switchback to gain the summit area. Make a u-turn right (149°), and proceed up 200 feet to switchback again to the left (55°). Pass the lower south summit on your right to proceed northwest to the true summit (10 T 620021 5256474).

information FOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

  • Difficulty: Winter Scramble, Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 1.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft
  • 5,240 ft
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness (ALPS)
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • Trails Illustrated Alpine Lakes Wilderness
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass

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