The Fin/Southeast Ridge

A moderate snow/rock scramble in early season (rock scramble in later season) near Washington Pass in the North Cascades.


Drive SR 20 (North Cascades Highway) to Washington Pass. Continue 1 mile to the hairpin turn and park in the large turnout.


The scramble starts from the hairpin turn just beyond Washington Pass. Ascend to Kangaroo Pass, then descend 500 feet before ascending again to the notch on the Southeast Ridge just below the summit.  A short rock scramble gains the summit at 7,360 feet.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 4
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft
  • 7,360 ft
  • Land Manager: North Cascades National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • USGS Washington Pass
  • USGS Silver Star Mtn
  • USGS Gilbert
  • Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50
  • Green Trails Stehekin No. 82
  • Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park

Upcoming Activities

Alpine Scramble - The Fin/Southeast Ridge

Scrambling Trip
A rarely done Rock/Snow Scramble in the North Cascades. Please be flexible, we'll pick the
Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 4
Sat, Jun 26, 2021 - Sun, Jun 27, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants 0 leaders
Registration opens Jun 1
Seattle Branch
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