Spire Mountain

This is a very challenging scramble near Index with an all off-trail route of about 6 miles, 5,000 feet of elevation gain. The route goes directly up from the North Fork Skykomish River, finishing on the west ridge of the peak. A rope is sometimes used for short stretches of exposed climbing near the summit.

getting there

Drive US-2 to one mile easy of Skykomish and turn north onto Forest Road 65 (Beckler River Road). Just after crossing the North Fork Skykomish River, turn left onto  Forest Road 63. In ~4.6 miles, Forest Road 63 crosses the river again and the road curves right and crests a small hill. Park here making sure not to block traffic on the road.

approach & ascent

This 6,213-foot summit is one of the least-often climbed of the Everett Pin Peaks. A cross-country route directly from the North Fork Skykomish River Valley reaches the north side of the peak. The final west ridge is mostly Class 3 with short stretches of Class 4 and 5 where a rope may be desired.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 5
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,000 ft
  • 6,213 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
    Sky Lakes Wilderness, Skykomish Ranger District (MBSNF)
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 6
  • USGS Baring
  • USGS Monte Cristo
  • Green Trails Monte Cristo No. 143

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