Terrace Mountain

Terrace Mountain is a less frequently climbed peak north of Mount Daniel in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Viewed from a certain distance it presents the appearance of a wedding cake. It's a challenging scramble, 13 miles and 3,100 feet of elevation gain.

driving directions

Terrace Mountain can be accessed from the Tonga Ridge trailhead on Forest Road 6830 or by continuing to its end above Deception Creek.  The latter is a shorter route but involves several hundred more feet of elevation gain and some tedious extra driving. 

approach & ascent

Hike the Tonga Ridge trail to ~4,500 ft, head south towards first Lower Fisher Lake, and then the outlet to Lower Ptarmigan Lake.  Ascend the nose of the ridge to the southeast of the outlet and attain Terrace’s north ridge at the saddle northeast of Point 5789.  Follow the ridge crest to Terrace’s summit and, as the terrain becomes more intimidating, exit onto a terrace to the left and find an easier way through the upper terraces from the east.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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  • Difficulty: Strenuous 4, Technical 4
  • Length: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft
  • 6,361 ft
  • Green Trails Skykomish No. 175
  • USGS Mt Daniel
  • Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176
  • USGS Scenic
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
  • Red Marker
    47.678778, -121.264772
    47.6787779792 -121.264772415
  • Red Marker
    47.621878, -121.197224
    47.6218775468 -121.197223664

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