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North Twin Sister/West Ridge

The approach route and climbers trail to the West Ridge were in great shape. There was no snow to be concerned with, and the trails were in good condition. No bugs.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • There were no problems whatsoever with the approach route, or the climbers trail.  The glissade descent route is no longer an option.  Leave the ice-axe at home. 

I have been wanting to do this scramble for a long time.  This is a  3rd/4th class scramble that delivers a lot of climbing fun.  

The approach is a boring logging road, but in great shape, and makes up well more than half of the total mileage.  I took my mountain bike and rode it/pushed it up to about 1/2 mile short of the West-ridge scramble.

The weather was the big concern for the day.  No threat of rain, but I like my summits to have views.  Unfortunately today, by the time I got to the summit shortly after Noon, it was completely covered with thick fog.  And the fog moved in and covered much of my descent off the ridge to just below the false summit.

Fog notwithstanding it was a fun scramble climb and I highly recommend it, and it delivers hours of 3rd and 4th class moves up and, of course, down.


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Rocky Patterson II
Rocky Patterson II says:
Jul 25, 2019 02:12 PM

Hey Ken, I was wondering if there is still snow on the North side? Also, are there any water sources along the route? Thanks in advance!

Marc Costanza
Marc Costanza says:
Aug 16, 2019 01:46 PM

Hey Ken,
Tried North Twin on Wednesday, but could not find the climbers trail. Finally had to bail.
First tried 5th spur, but it was a dead end with no cairns marking anything.
Tried 4th spur, after 2 miles up, we decided this was not the way either as its was going away from the mountain.
Could you share your directions? Thanks!

Ken Waletzki
Ken Waletzki says:
Dec 28, 2019 08:46 AM

Well, better late than never. Here is my map of some peaks I did in 2019. North Twin is on it: https://caltopo.com/m/59BS