Red Mountain (Salmon La Sac)

Of the many Red Mountains, this one up the Cle Elum River Road at the head of Lake Cle Elum. The highest summit is the unsurveyed northernmost one at 5,880 ft. It's a moderate winter scramble or ski trip of 11 miles and 3,500 feet of elevation gain.

driving directions

Park on the Salmon La Sac road as near as possible to the bridge on Forest Road 46 over the Cle Elum River, or if possible drive this road a mile and a half farther to the signed trailhead for Red Mountain.

approach & ascent

Follow the course of the trail to intersect Forest Road 117 at ~3,800 ft, go right (north) 100 yards then ascend west through a forested slope to gain Red's northeast ridge.  Follow it through open slopes to the summit.  This route has substantial protection from avalanche risk.  

An alternate route, good in when snow fall allows access is by way of way trails lead to Joe Lake and onward to intersect Red's summit ridge south of the true summit.

  • Difficulty: Winter Scramble, M2 Mountain 2 Ski
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • 5,880 ft
  • USGS Davis Peak
  • USGS Polallie Ridge
  • Green Trails Kachess Lake No. 208
  • Red Marker
    47.385632, -121.095686
    47.3856318297 -121.095685959
  • Red Marker
    47.399093, -121.145103
    47.399092675 -121.145102978

Upcoming Activities

Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Red Mountain (Salmon La Sac)

Skiing/Snowboarding Trip
Day trip to a hopefully less crowded zone
Difficulty: M2 Mountain 2 Ski
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
5 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Mar 21
Foothills Branch
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