Mountain Climbing in Pinnacle Mountain Climb, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Top elevation:
Best climbing season:
Spring to late Fall
Wenatchee is the largest city of Chelan County, located in the 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.

Pinnacle Mountain is located in the Chelan Mountains and is one of the highest peaks of Washington State. The top elevation of the mountain is at 8400 ft/2560 m high and is suitable for climbing, from Spring to late Fall. In order to approach Pinnacle Mountain, hike the Entiat River Trail for a few miles, until you reach Snow Brushy Trail that junctions off to the right.

Follow this trail until you reach Borealis Pass route. The mountain has two faces. A steep west side and a craggy east side. The route leading climbers to the summit is from the north ridge, offering some good scrambling conditions, suitable for intermediate and advanced climbers, with good physical condition. Once you reach the top, you will not find glaciers surrounding the peak but a decaying peace of ice on the east side.

You can admire fantastic views of the alpine scenery and the mountains around. Pinnacle Peak can be reached in one day, but for the most adventurous climbers, it can be done as a two days trip or more, if combined with climbing the surrounding summits. 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
52.9mi/85km, 2hours and 8mins
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 E/US-97 N, exit on US-97 Alt N towards Entlat/Chelan, continue straight to remain on US-97 Alt N, turn left on Entiat River Rd and left again on NF-51100 for 38 miles to its end just past Cottonwood Camp. See Directions
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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