Mountain Climbing in Fortress Mountain Climb, Wenatchee, Washington USA

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Sections of loose rocks
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.

Fortress Mountain is one of the highest peaks in Washington State and is located in the Chiwawa Mountains Range. The top elevation of the summit stands at 8674ft/2643m high and is suitable for climbing from July to September. In order to approach Fortress Mountain, there are two routes starting from the same parking lot.

The easiest route is to hike up Buck Creek Trail that leads you to Pass no Pass Trail from where you can head to the east at the base of the mountain. Fortress mountain provides with good scramble climbing and offers also sections of loose rocks. Once you reach the top, the views of the surrounding summits and the wild alpine scenery will take your breath away.

Climbers can reach the top in one day, but for those who want to experience a true outdoor adventure, they can spend the night over, camping in many campgrounds along the Chiwawa River Road. 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 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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