Overcoat Peak

A rarely visited peak in the Alpine Lakes wilderness with a tough approach and some glacier travel on the route.


Take Exit 34 off of I-90 and turn north onto 468 Ave SE. In a half mile, turn right onto SE Middle Fork Road (Forest Road 56). Drive 12 miles to the junction with Taylor River Road, turn right onto Forest Road 5620 and drive 5 miles to the Dingford Creek Trailhead (1,500 ft). High clearance vehicles are recommended.

Approach & Ascent

Mountain bike (or hike) 10 miles to ~1 mile before the start of the old Dutch Miller Gap Trail. Cross the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, and travel up the steep forested slopes to camp at Overcoat Lake.  It's ~2 hours of biking to old trailhead and 3-4 hours to Overcoat Lake.

From camp, contour up the benches above and head eastwards towards a notch on the north ridge of Overcoat Peak, which gives access to the upper Overcoat Glacier. Find a snow finger from the glacier to the east face, and climb Class 3 ledges to the summit. A rope and some pro might be advisable here.  It's ~4 hours from camp.

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb
  • Length: 26.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,000 ft
  • 7,432 ft
  • Green Trails Middle Fork Snoqualmie No. 174SX
  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness (ALPS)
  • USGS Big Snow Mtn
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