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Cashmere Mountain: West Ridge


Attractions: From the 8,000-ft saddle west of Cashmere, climb up the brief rock-strewn sandy/grassy slopes until a rock buttress forces you out onto the North Face slope. Contour across the north slope keeping an eye out for small cairns. Depending on season (early or late) you may want an ice axe. The slope is steep enough and harbors enough snow patches to make things interesting. At about two-thirds of the way across the slope the route begins climbing up (maybe 100 yards before the North Ridge is reached). The route climbs up to a notch right (west) of the North Ridge. The final scramble is on the South side.


Possible alternate route: If the north slopes are too icy but the south slopes are dry, it may be possible to climb a gully about 100 vertical feet down south of the steepening West Ridge buttress. Climb this gully to its head on a SW spur ridge, cross into the next gully over, then climb this gully to the E-W crest about 100 yards west of the summit. A simple scramble (Class 3) along the crest gets one to the summit.


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Nearest Town: Leavenworth- Plain


Skill: 1 (beginner)

Fitness: 2 (intermediate) 2+ if an overnight trip/ 3 if daytrip


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