Mount Washington/East Ridge (Olympics)

A Basic Rock climb to the highest point overlooking Lake Cushman in the Olympics. It is a Grade II, Class 4 climb of three roped pitches. It's four miles round trip and 3,190 feet of elevation gain.

getting there

From US 101 in Hoodsport, turn west onto  SR 119 (North Lake Cushman Road) and drive 9.4 miles to a T intersection. Turn  right on Forest Road 24 and in 1.5 miles, turn left on Forest Road 2419. Continue on Forest Road 2419 for 6.6 miles to the trailhead at the road's end (3,505 ft).

approach & ascent

Start by ascending climber's path on standard route up Mount Washington. At the top of the small meadow at about 4,000 ft, before reaching the gully on Route 1, leave the trail and ascend right and up (north) to large basin below the East Ridge. Continue to the saddle between the lower and upper ridges. Climb Class 3 and 4 rock on ridge crest to a notch. Do a short rappel into the notch. Climb one more Class 4 pitch to the summit.


Descend via the standard route, Route 1 in Olympic Mountains: A Climbing Guide.


  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Basic Rock Climb
  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,190 ft
  • 6,255 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Forest
    Mount Skokomish Wilderness, Hood Canal Ranger District (ONF)
  • Parking Permit Required: Northwest Forest Pass
  • Recommended Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS Mt Washington
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
  • Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman

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