Mountain Climbing in Mount Stuart: Cascadian Couloir, 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.

Mount Stuart is the highest summit of the Stuart Range, the seventh highest peak in Washington State and the second highest non volcanic mountain. Located in the Cascade Mountains, stands at 9415 ft/2869 m high and is visible from almost all central Cascade summits around it.

The easiest and most popular route is the Cascadian Couloir. It is a long snow gully, with no technical difficulties, suitable for all skill climbers with a good physical condition. In order to approach the mountain, you follow the Ignalls Creek Trail that leads you to the bottom of the route. Down low, the terrain is sandy and pebbly and as you climb higher, the scenery changes and becomes alpine with rocks and large boulders.

Once you reach the top, you can admire outstanding views of the surrounding peaks, lakes and river valleys of the Stuart Range. Cascadian Couloir mountain climb can be achieved in one day, but in order to experience a true outdoor adventure, it is best to spend the night over and enjoy nature. Take with you a helmet, sun glasses, sunscreen and 2-3 nalgene bottles. If you visit Mount Stuart 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
76.9mi/123.7km, 2hours and 8mins
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 W/US-97 S, turn left on US-97 S, continue towards WA-970 W, turn right on Teenaway Rd and follow "North Fork Teanaway" Rd. In 5.8 miles you reach another fork in the road, take a right onto forest road 9737. Stay on this road until you get to the Esmerelda Basin Trailhead.
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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