Duke of Kent

A winter scramble of a peak near Mount Kent and McClellan's Butte in the Snoqualmie Pass area. It's 8 miles and 3,200 feet of elevation gain.

getting there

Take Exit 42 off of I-90 and head east on Forest Road 55 to the McClellan Butte trailhead (1,600 ft).

approach & ascent

Take the McClellan Butte Trail to where it crosses Forest Road 9020. Follow this road taking a right at 2,400 ft, following it until it ends at 3,500 ft. Make an ascending traverse to the southeast until about 3,800 ft. Climb a wide gully to the north ridge and then follow the ridge to the summit.


  • With ideal conditions it could be a high end scramble. But with the typical icy or hard pack snow conditions a party would likely rope  up for ascending the gully.
  • Stable snow conditions are a must for this route.

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: Intermediate Mountaineering Climb
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 ft
  • 4,840 ft
  • Green Trails Bandera No. 206
  • USGS Bandera
  • Green Trails Mount Si NRCA No. 206S
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