The Tooth/South Face

Getting its name from the eastbound lane of I-90 views, The Tooth is a classic rock climb on solid granite. It has a few low 5th class moves and an airy “catwalk” traverse on a four inch wide ledge that is a particular attraction. The climb is popular and can be very crowded. Time: trailhead to summit 5-6 hr. A great first alpine rock climb.

getting there

Take Exit 52 off of I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass, and turn northwest onto Alpental Road and follow it to the Alpental parking area (3,100 ft).

APPROACH

Hike up the Snow Lake Trail about 2 mi to a talus slope above Source Lake. Traverse above Source Lake on talus or snow, staying beneath a cliff band. Just beyond the cliff band, head up a steep slope, getting as high as possible before crossing a stream. Scramble into the basin under the east face of The Tooth. Ascend this basin to the second notch south of the South Face of The Tooth. Climb through the notch, then down to the north and back up to Pineapple Pass, the notch between the South Face and the pinnacle to its south.

In early season, an alternative approach is to hike from the parking lot up the valley on the left side of the creek, near Source Lake, ascending snow finger into the basin.

ASCENT ROUTE

At Pineapple Pass rope up and ascend directly up the South Face to a broad ledge about 50 feet below the summit. From here there are three options:  (1) ascend broken rock somewhat to the right of the center face, (2) climb directly to the notch below the summit by a thin left-facing flake, or  (3) go left on a narrow ledge, know as the Catwalk, and then scramble to the summit.

DESCENT ROUTE

Rappel the climbing route or choose the less-used north ridge route.

On the north route scramble about 30 feet north on the summit ridge, then descend a short gully chimney. Follow easy slabs down and north to a major gully. Work 50 feet up to the head of the gully at a narrow notch in the summit ridge. Cross the notch (probably should be belayed), then work north a short distance to an obvious descent gully leading to the north end of the west face. If descending via the north ridge, take ice axes to the summit  as there is sometimes snow on the north side.

TRIP PROFILE

SEGMENT TIME (HR) ELEVATION GAIN (FT)
Trailhead to Pineapple Pass 2-3 2,100
Pineapple Pass to Summit 3 500
Summit to Trailhead 3

EQUIPMENT

Standard rock gear with a few small to medium chocks. An ice axe for the approach in early season.

Information FOr leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

Priority Climbs List

This is a very popular climbing route. Please check the PRIORITY CLIMBS LIST before listing trip to be sure your branch has priority for this route for the dates you plan to schedule it.


  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft
  • 5,600 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207
  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
  • USGS Snoqualmie Pass
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Field Trip - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Rock Course
Field Trip to practice advanced alpine rock skills.
Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 2, Technical 5
Tue, Jun 25, 2019
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 3 instructors
Canceled
Seattle Branch

Basic Rock Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
Experience climb for Basic Climbing Course students. Preference given to Everett Basic students 23 Jun
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Tue, Jun 25, 2019
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closed Jun 24
Everett Branch

Basic Alpine Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
Please contact Joanne Najdzin if you have any questions about this climb.
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Wed, Jun 26, 2019
Prerequisites
5 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closed Jun 20
Tacoma Branch

Basic Rock Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Thu, Jun 27, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 25
Everett Branch

Basic Rock Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
Climb for Intro to Alpine Rock students
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants 2 leaders
Registration closes Jun 28
Seattle Branch

Basic Rock Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
Classic Basic Rock Climb for Tacoma Basic Students
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Mon, Jul 1, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant on waitlist 1 leader
Registration closes Jun 29
Tacoma Branch

Basic Rock Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
One day (Friday) climb of The Tooth
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Fri, Jul 5, 2019
Prerequisites
6 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jul 3
Everett Branch

Basic Rock Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
Annual climb of The Tooth
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Wed, Jul 10, 2019
Prerequisites
10 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jul 9
Seattle Branch

Basic Rock Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Fri, Jul 12, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 1 leader
Registration opens Jul 1
Tacoma Branch

Basic Rock Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
Midweek mentored climb for Alina Badus
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Wed, Jul 17, 2019
Prerequisites
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration opens Jul 8
Seattle Branch

Basic Rock Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
Mentored lead for Skye Stoury. Priority will be given to current Basic Climbing students.
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Thu, Jul 18, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jul 16
Seattle Branch

Basic Alpine Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
A one day climb of the Tooth.
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Fri, Jul 19, 2019
Prerequisites
12 participants on waitlist 1 leader
Registration closes Jul 17
Tacoma Branch

Basic Alpine Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
Priority to Olympia Basic Students until July 9.
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Tue, Jul 30, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration opens Jun 30
Olympia Branch

Basic Alpine Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
Priority given to Olympia Basic Climbing Students in need of a graduation climb until August
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Tue, Aug 20, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant on waitlist 2 leaders on waitlist
Registration closes Aug 18
Olympia Branch

Basic Alpine Climb - The Tooth/South Face

Climbing Trip
This is a basic rock alpine climb with priority given to Olympia Branch Basic Climbing
Difficulty: Technical 3, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 2
Thu, Aug 29, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 27
Olympia Branch
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