The Chopping Block (Pinnacle Peak)

An intermediate level alpine climb in the Southern Pickets Range. The Chopping Block is named Pinnacle Peak on maps.


Drive SR 20 to Newhalem. The trailhead is on the north side of SR 20 across from the Newhalem campground at the Goodell Creek group campground. Take an immediate left after crossing Goodell Creek, keep left and pass the gravel pit. Park at the end of the road by the creek, past the campground.

approach & ascent

The Chopping Block/Northeast Ridge

A 5-pitch, 5.5, Grade II, intermediate alpine rock climb.

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Intermediate Alpine
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Intermediate Rock Climb
  • Length: 12.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,209 ft
  • 6,819 ft
  • Land Manager: North Cascades National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 6
  • Green Trails Mt Challenger No. 15
  • Green Trails Marblemount No. 47
  • USGS Mt Challenger
  • USGS Mt Triumph
  • Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
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  • Pinnacle Peak
  • Pinnacle Peak/Northeast Ridge
  • Pinnacle Peak/Southeast Face
  • Pinnacle Peak/Northwest Route
  • The Chopping Block
  • The Chopping Block/Northeast Ridge
  • The Chopping Block/Southeast Face
  • The Chopping Block/Northwest Route

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