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Mountain Climbing in Grindstone Mountain, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Top elevation:
7533ft/2296m
Best climbing time:
July to September
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.

Grindstone Mountain is located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, South of Icicle Ridge. The top elevation of the mountain is at 7533 ft/2296 m and is suitable for climbing from July to September. In order to approach Grindstone Mountain, you hike up Chatter Creek Trail.

The length of the route all the way up on the mountain’s peak and back is 10 mi/16 km long and it can be achieved in one day. For those who want to experience a true outdoor adventure, it is best to spend the night over and enjoy nature. The climb offers some exciting class 2 to 2+ boulder scrambling and spectacular views of Mormon Ladies Lakes and the surrounding summits.

Once you reach the top, head down from the same route. Grindstone Mountain is a popular destination for mountain climbing enthusiasts and a great opportunity to enjoy fresh mountain air. If you visit Grindstone Mountain in early season, you will need an ice axe and crampons.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Seattle
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
36.1mi/58km, 1hour
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 W/US-97 S, turn left on E Leavenworth Rd, left on Icicle Rd, right again to remain on Icicle Rd, turn left on NF-7600 and all the way down to the Chatter Creek Trailhead on your right just before the Chatter Creek Campground.
BY AIR
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146mi/234km from Wenatchee Town
BY TRAIN

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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