Wedge Mountain

A fun hike and scramble just outside of Leavenworth that offers outstanding views into the Enchantments. High clearance vehicles are an absolute must.

Driving Directions

I-90 to SR 97, then Forest Road 7300 (Mountain Home Ranch Road).  Mountain Home Ranch Road is located 4 mi south of the intersection of SR 97 and US 2. Meet here.  Follow Forest Road 7300 to a right turn up a steep hill, signed “Mountain Home Road/Leavenworth” and continue 2.5 mi to the intersection of Forest Road 7305, clearly signed, on your left and follow it, continuing along a moderately rough and rutted road, following the most-used track and turning left.  At about 4000 ft go straight ahead, not right hand fork.  Follow this to large parking area at approximately 4,500 ft.  This last section is quite narrow and brushy and requires a high-clearance vehicle and good nerves. It may be advisable to walk it.

Ascent Route

From the parking area, hike up the steep, well-used road going up the ridge to the southwest which becomes a trail.  Continue on the trail to 5200 ft and see horse packers’ campsite and corral.  Here there are two trails.  The left one goes about half a mile to a collapsed tin-roofed cabin.  Don’t take it.  Take the path through the horse packers’ campsite and up the ridge.

Break into open burn area recovering from the Rat Creek fire.  A fairly obvious boot path, often overlain by fire-fallen trees, ascends to about 6,200 ft at a point overlooking the Allen Creek Basin on the east and Nada Lake, over the ridge-top and down toward the west.  Continue to the south along the ridge and gradually ascend to avoid cliff bands at the foot of Wedge.  Scramble over a slight rocky bench and over a cresting rise at right angle to the main ridge to arrive at a fine granite-paved spot just above a gully, leading down to the base of the rock scramble.  Clean granite ledges, slabs, trees, and narrow shallow gullies offer choices of the way to the summit.  Here is a good spot to size up your party’s requirements and assess the final challenge, which is short but real and sweet.

Notes

Wedge Mountain, designated on the Leavenworth quad, is not correct. This Wedge Mountain, also called South Wedge Mountain, is located on the Blewett Pass quad.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 4
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • 6,885 ft
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  • USGS Blewett
  • USGS Leavenworth
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