Mountain Climbing in Cardinal Peak Climb, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Top elevation:
Best climbing season:
June to October
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.

Cardinal Peak is the highest peak of the Chelan Mountains, located in the Cascade Range, west of Lake Chelan. The top elevation of the summit is at 8590ft/2618m high, suitable for climbing from June to October. In order to approach Cardinal Mountain, you hike the North Fork Entiat Trail that follows Entiat River, until you reach a junction where you turn left on a trail, leading you to an open area.

After hiking through the open area, walk towards the standard route to Cardinal Mountain. It is a great scramble climbing experience, for advanced climbers, offering gravelly basins and lower slopes. The summit of the mountain is highly eroded, but once you reach the top, there are breathtaking views of the alpine mountains around you.

Cardinal Peak can be reached in one day, but for the most adventurous climbers, it can be done as a two days trip or more, if combined with the surrounding summits mountain climb. If you visit the mountain in early season, take an ice axe and crampons with you.

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
52mi/83.6km, 2hours and 5mins
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 E/US-97 N, exit on US-97 Alt N towards Entlat/Chelan, continue straight to remain on US-97 Alt N, turn left on Entiat River Rd, make an open left turn to remain on the same road where Entiant River Rd turns left again and becomes NF-51 and follow NF-5606 until the end of the road at the North Fork Trail
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146mi/234km from Wenatchee Town

From downtown Seattle, not far from the airpor, 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 on 303 South Jackson Street.


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