Wallaby Peak

A short and fun rock scramble to great views near Washington Pass in the North Cascades, especially in the fall when the larches are golden. There is some exposure on the scramble, but the rock is solid.

getting there

Drive SR-20 (North Cascades Highway) to the first hairpin turn just east of Washington Pass. Park on the south side of the highway in a level area.

approach & ascent

Travel southeast over mixed terrain--some rock, some brush and some small trees towards Kangaroo Pass. Sometimes a climber’s trail is visible. There are other climber’s trails and some of them lead to technical routes of other peaks on Kangaroo Ridge. As the terrain gets steeper, the climber’s trail is more defined and easy to follow the rest of the way to Kangaroo Pass.

The trail continues on to Kangaroo Temple, but leave the trail at Kangaroo Pass and travel northeast up the southwest ridge of Wallaby Peak. There is a faint climber’s trail at first, but it disappears in the rock. Stay on the ridge as long as possible. Steep rock faces will force you off the ridge. Stay right of the southwest ridge and traverse mixed terrain--some scree, some rock and some grassy slopes--to the gully below the summit. Scramble up the gully which is moderately steep with some loose rock. At the top of the gully, turn left to the true summit. It's about two hours from the cars to Kangaroo Pass, it's about an hour from Kangaroo Pass to the summit.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 4
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft
  • 7,995 ft
  • USGS Silver Star Mtn
  • USGS Washington Pass
  • Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50
  • Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
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