Whistler Mountain

Whistler Mountain overlooks Rainy Pass on the North Cascades Highway. It is an moderate scramble of 4 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation gain with a exceptional views of the peaks in the North Cascades.

Getting There

Drive SR-20 to Rainy Pass and park on the north side of the pass at the parking lot for the Pacific Crest Trail (elevation 4850 ft).

Approach & Ascent

From Rainy Pass parking lot, head east to the second gully and follow it to the summit at 7,790 feet.


Alternate Route #1

Drive State Route 20 over Rainy Pass and at about 3.1 miles (0.7 miles before the Blue Lake trailhead), park on the north side of the road at the uphill side of the turn-out that views Whistler Mountain and Cutthroat Peak (elevation 5,000 ft).
Walk down the road and find the boot path that starts at the west side of a patch of trees. Follow the boot path up through a meadow and scramble on a rising traverse to intersect the level part of the south ridge of Whistler Mountain at 6,180 feet. At the ridge scramble up following the ridge and gullies to the summit. The ridge can also be followed to about 6,800 feet, where you head to the left crossing gullies to the gentler terrain on the southwest slope and on to the summit. This route is 4 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation gain.

Alternate Route #2

Drive State Route 20 past Rainy Pass about 1.2 miles to the Bridge Creek trailhead (elevation 4,500 ft). Scramble up the slope to the summit following gullies for roughly 3 miles, 3,300 feet of elevation gain.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 3
  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • 7,790 ft
  • USGS Washington Pass
  • Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
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