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, turn west onto Lake Cushman Road and in 1.5 miles turn right onto Forest Road 2419. Continue on Forest Road 2419 for 6.5 miles to a parking area ~100 yards past the intersection with Forest Road 2419-014 (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
  • USGS Mt Washington
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
  • Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman
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