Mountain Climbing in Big Chiwaukum Mountain: West Route, Wenatchee, Washington USA

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All year round
Wenatchee is the largest city of Chelan County, located in North Central Washington and lies on the west side of the Columbia River. The city is also known as the Apple Capital of the world, due to the valley's many apple cultivations.

Big Chiwaukum Mountain is the highest peak of the Chiwaukum Mountains. The top elevation of the mountain is at 8081 ft/2463 m, suitable for climbing all year long. In order to approach the West Route, you hike the White Pine Creek Trail and on the marked junction, you follow the Wildhorse Trail that leads you to the mountains base.

Big Chiwaukum via West Route is an easy approach, providing with an interesting rocky scramble, suitable for all skill levels. It is a rewarding climb because once you reach the unassuming peak, you can admire a wonderful view of the mountains and the lakes around in an alpine scenery.

The summit can be reached in one day, but for the most adventurous climbers, this climb can be combined with overnight camping. If you visit West Route in early season, you will need an ice axe and crampons.

How to Get to Destination

145mi/233km, 2hours and 23min
Head East on I-90 E and take exit 85 to WA-970 N towards Wenatchee. Turn left on WA-10/WA-970 and enter US-2 E/US-97 N and continue towards N Wenatchee Ave.
BY CAR FROM Wenatchee
45.4mi/73km, 1hour
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 W/US-97 S and stay on US-2 W. Turn left on White Pine Rd, left again to remain on the same road and continue on Whitepine Creek Rd that leads you to the trailhead.
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146mi/234km from Wenatchee Town

From downtown Seattle, not far from the airport, the King Street Train Station is a perfect way to get to Wenatchee. The station offers an enclosed waiting area, with restrooms, ATM and a ticket office. It is located at 303 South Jackson Street.


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