South Spectacle Butte

Alpine climb in a fantastic setting in the shadow of Maude in the Entiats.


Drive SR 2 east to Coles Corner.  Head north on SR 207 toward Lake Wenatchee, turning right at the southeast end of the lake.  Turn left onto Chiwawa River Road (Forest Road 62) and follow it over 25 miles, passing the Alpine Meadow Campground.  Look for Phelps Creek road branching on the right and follow it about 2.5 miles to the Phelps Creek trailhead.


Hike the Phelps Creek Trail about 3.5 miles to Leroy Creek.  After crossing the creek look for a trail headed up to the right. Follow this steep, dusty trail up to Leroy Basin with good camping (5,400 ft). Continue on the trail leading around the basin and towards the col between Seven Finger Jack and Maude.  Before heading too far uphill, look for a trail junction leading to the right and take it (south) about 1.5 miles to a shoulder below Mount Maude.  Drop to Ice Lakes and camp.


From Lower Ice Lake, descend trail to about 6,500 ft and head cross country to the base of the southwest ridge of South Spectacle Butte at about 6,800 ft.  Ascend the ridge crest, passing any obstacles on climber's right (Class 3).  At ~8,100 ft leave the ridge on the right and climb a series of ledges to the southeast corner of the summit block.  Scramble to the summit.


Descend the climbing route.


Trailhead to Camp 5-6  3400
Camp to Summit 4 1000
Summit to Trailhead 7-8


Helmet.  A short scramble rope might be useful as well as a harness if any Class 4 variations in routefinding warrant it.


  • An ice axe and crampons may be needed for the approach, depending on time of year and conditions.
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb
  • Length: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,400 ft
  • 8,392 ft
  • Green Trails Holden No. 113
  • Trails Illustrated Glacier Peak Wilderness
  • USGS Trinity
  • USGS Holden
  • Green Trails North Cascades Lake Chelan No. 114SX

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