Mountain Climbing in Chiwawa Mountain Climb, Wenatchee, Washington USA

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During Spring
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.

Chiwawa Mountain is located in the Cascade Range and is the 64th highest mountain in Washington State. The top elevation of the peak is at 8459 ft/2578 m high and is suitable for climbing from July to September. In order to approach Chiwawa Mountain, hike the Buck Creek Trail and then follow the Red Mountain Trail, leading you to the Chiwawa Basin.

The mountain has one of the most well known summits in the area, because of the Lyman Glacier. It is an easy climb, with no technical difficulties, suitable for all skill levels. The Chiwawa summit can be reached in one day, but for the most adventurous climbers, this route can be combined with Fortress Mountain Climb, as a two days trip. Camping is allowed in the beautiful Chiwawa Basin, which is an alpine meadow with unspoiled nature, surrounded by high ridges. 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
44mi/70.8km, 57mins
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 W/US-97 S, continue straight on US-2 W, turn right on WA-207 N, turn right on Chiwawa Loop Rd, turn right on CO HWY 22, take the second left on Chiwawa River Rd and proceed to the end of the road at about 24 miles.
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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