The Pickets

A group of rugged peaks in one of the most challenging areas of the North Cascades. After a grueling approach starting at low elevation near Newhalem or Ross Lake, climbers have access to several peaks with routes ranging from Class 3 on up.


  • Goodell Creek
  • Big Beaver Creek

Climbing Objectives

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Intermediate Alpine
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Intermediate Mountaineering Climb
  • Length: 20.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 10,000 ft
  • 8,151 ft
  • Green Trails Mt Challenger No. 15
  • Green Trails Marblemount No. 47
  • Green Trails Ross Lake No. 16
  • Green Trails Diablo Dam No. 48
  • USGS Mt Challenger
  • USGS Mt Triumph
  • USGS Mt Prophet
  • USGS Mt Redoubt
  • USGS Mt Spickard
  • USGS Mt Blum
  • Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park

Upcoming Activities

Intermediate Alpine Climb - The Pickets

Climbing Trip
7 Day Northern Pickets Traverse.
Difficulty: Intermediate Mountaineering Climb
Fri, Jun 28, 2019 - Sat, Jul 6, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 0 leaders
Registration opens Feb 1
Everett Branch

Intermediate Alpine Climb - Northern Pickets

Climbing Trip
Destination: Luna Peak/ Northern Pickets
Difficulty: Intermediate Mountaineering Climb
Thu, Aug 22, 2019 - Sun, Aug 25, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration opens Mar 31
Everett Branch
Trip Reports

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  • The Picket Range
  • Northern Picket Range
  • Northern Pickets
  • Southern Picket Range
  • Southern Pickets

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