Mountain Climbing in Mount Howard: South Route, Wenatchee, Washington USA

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Best climbing time:
Spring to late 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 Howard is the highest peak on the Nason Ridge and is located at the northern of Hwy 2, East of Stevens Pass. The top elevation of the mountain is at 7063 ft/2152 m and is suitable for climbing from spring to late fall.

In order to approach the South Route, you hike up the rough and steep Rock Lake Trail that leads you directly up the South route to the mountain’s summit. The mountain provides a pleasant snow climb early in the season.You do not have to be an advanced mountain climber, to reach Mount’s Howard summit, but because the elevation gain is more than 4000 ft/1219 m from the trail-head to the summit, a very good physical condition is important.

Mount Howard is a popular and rewarding climb, offering amazing views of alpine lakes and the surrounding mountains. If you visit South Route in early season, you will need an ice axe and crampons.

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
35.5mi/57km, 42mins
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 W/US-97 S and stay on US-2 W. Turn left on Winton Rd and take the first right on Merritt Winton Rd. The Rock Lake trailhead lies 11.7 miles west of Coles Corner.
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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