Lemah Mountain/Southeast Approach

A set of five peaks along a ridge between Chikamin Peak and Chimney Rock, the main summit being the middle one. Camp at Spectacle Lake, Glacier Lake, or Chikamin Lake and scramble any of all of Lemah Mountain's peaks.

getting there

Take Exit 80 (Roslyn/Salmon la Sac) off of I-90. Turn left (north) on SR-903/Salmon la Sac Road and continue 16.8 miles through Roslyn and past Cle Elum Lake. Turn left (west) on Forest Road 46 and follow 4.7 miles. Turn right on Forest Road 4616 and continue 1 mile to the trailhead.

Approach & Ascent

From the trailhead at the north end of Cooper Lake hike along the Cooper River 9 miles to Pete Lake. Camp here or continue on to Spectale Lake or Chikamin Lake. From Pete Lake hike to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), leave the PCT near Lemah Creek, and follow the creek northwest to ~6,200 ft. Contour around the snowfields to the south and then climb northwest towards the ridge south of the summit block. A short, exposed scramble (good to have a rope) leads to the summit. Other Lemah spires are easier from the same approach.

  • Elevation Gain: 5,500 ft
  • 7,480 ft
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Upcoming Activities

Basic Alpine Climb - Lemah Mountain/Southeast Approach

Climbing Trip
A trip to a rarely visited peak in the Alpine Lakes; if time permits, we
Fri, Aug 18, 2023 - Sun, Aug 20, 2023
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants
Registration opens Jul 1
Seattle Branch
Peter Clitherow
Qualified Youth Leader
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