Mountain Climbing in Mount Fernow Climb, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Top elevation:
Best climbing season:
Spring through Fall
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.

Mount Fernow is the highest summit of the Entiat Mountains, located in the North Cascades. The top elevation of the peak is at 9249ft/2819m high and is suitable for climbing from Spring through Fall. In order to approach Mount Fernow, hike the Phelps Creek Trail until you reach Leroy Creek Basin.

From the basin, climb the drainage coming down from Seven Fingered Jack mountain from where you can now see the Mount’s Fernow base. The mountain offers exciting scramble climbing on solid rocks, but in some sections the rocks are loose and require careful climbing. Because of the long and grueling climb, it is recommended to be done as a two or three days climb.

Camping is allowed on the Phelps Creek Trail and in the beautiful Leroy Creek Basin. Once you reach the top, you can admire spectacular summit views and amazing alpine scenery. Mount Fernow is a great climb for experienced mountain climbers. 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
65.1mi/104.7km, 2hours
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 turn on Chiwawa River Rd, continue straight on NF-62, make an open right turn on Phelps Creek Trailhead Rd and drive until the end of the road.
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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