Mount Stickney

A challenging scramble of 13 miles and 3,500 feet of elevation gain in the Wild Sky Wilderness near Sultan.

getting there

From SR 2 in Sultan and turn north on the Sultan Basin Road which is 1 mile east of the river crossing in Sultan. Drive Road 11.2 miles (just past the second crossing of Olney Creek) and turn onto Olney Creek Road. A high-clearance are needed for this last section of the road, and this road is permanently closed at the switchback at 2,100 ft.

approach & ascent

Hike the closed road or 2.25 miles to just past the second switchback and where the road levels (3,700 ft) and find the trail on the right. Hike the trail which follows a ridge. Leave the trail about 4,050 ft and traverse southeast to One Acre Lake. Pass the lake on its east side, and continue southeast on a rising traverse until reaching the next drainage. Ascend the drainage to tarns at 4,500 ft. Ascend to 4,800 ft, and then traverse southeast to basin and boulder field below summit. The boulder field is snow covered until late season. Ascend toward Mount Stickney and taking the gully to the right just west of summit to the ridge. Traverse exposed ridge staying to the right in the difficult sections ascending to the summit (5,367 ft).


  • In late season when the snow is gone, the gully can be very difficult to ascend especially when wet.
  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 4
  • Length: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft
  • 5,367 ft
  • USGS Wallace Lake
  • USGS Mount Stickney
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