Cannon Mountain/Northslope Approach

Cannon Mountain at 8,638 ft is #38 of the 100 highest peaks in Washington. It may be the most unknown mountain of this stature in the Enchantment region and probably the most neglected. Although it is one of the major peaks of the region and rising higher than its cross canyon neighbor, Cashmere Mountain, it is concealed from nearly every lowland vantage.

driving directions

The trailhead is off of Icicle Creek Road.  Turn left at the Bridge Creek campground just after mile marker 111 and continue of Forest Road 7601 crossing a bridge over the Icicle River and continue for almost 4 miles until the road ends at the Stuart Lake and Colchuck Lake trailhead.

Approach & Ascent

Follow the old logging road from the trailhead to its end.  Then  head north to Coney Lake at 7,400 ft.  From the lake, ascend southwest up a snow-filled gully to Druid Plateau east of the summit. Scramble the ridge to the friction slab that leads to the summit.


  • There are no trails to Cannon Mountain and getting to it involves significant cross country travel, initially through thick, steep brush, then steep snow, then a challenging ridge scramble to the summit block which is a friction slab.
  • This scramble is for those who are very fit with extensive experience in all scrambling skills and with the fortitude to work through a goodly amount of miserable brush bashing and dead-fall hopping. 
  • Generally the earliest would be late May (avalanche danger in high snow years) but normally by late June through late October (depending of course on the weather)
  • All the routes into the Cannon Mountain area are feasible.  The North Couloir variation route that is off of Northwest Ridge gives the possibility of an early season hike/climb depending on if any avalanche danger is present.


  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 4
  • Length: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,238 ft
  • 8,638 ft
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • USGS Cashmere

Upcoming Activities

Alpine Scramble - Cannon Mountain/Northslope Approach

Scrambling Trip
A rarely visited peak overlooking the Enchantments
Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 4
Sat, Jun 19, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Jun 16
Seattle Branch
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