The Brothers/South Couloir

The Brothers is a strenuous and technically challenging scramble, with 6,200 feet of elevation gain in 17 miles. It is usually done in two days. The double peak of The Brothers in the Olympic Mountains is prominent on the western skyline from Seattle. The lower part of the trail to Lena Lake is shared with bicycles.


Follow Lower Lena Lake Trail No. 810 around the lake and up the east fork of Lena Creek (through Valley of the Silent Men) to obvious campsites  near creek (about 5-6 mi).

Ascent Route

From camp follow cairned way trail in the general direction of the left fork of the creek until a small meadow is reached (more camp areas). Cross the meadow and ascend west across "The Nose" (a tree covered ridge) to a gully. Scramble up the gully (and to the left) to the second meadow and site of a gigantic boulder. Travel east following rock ledges and scrambling on loose scree. This is in part a way trail when snow-free. Just before a saddle is reached (the summit would be to your right) look for a cairned notch on your right. Pass through the notch and climb the last 200 ft to the summit. This is mostly boot track.

Route Difficulties / Hazards

Loose rock, but it is definitely a scramble without snow.


Crampons recommended.

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing, Scrambling
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 5, Technical 4, Basic Alpine Climb
  • Length: 17.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,200 ft
  • 6,866 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Forest
    The Brothers Wilderness, Hood Canal Ranger District (ONF)
  • Parking Permit Required: Northwest Forest Pass
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS The Brothers
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