Mountain Climbing in Snowgrass Mountain: South Ridge, 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.

Snowgrass Mountain is located in the Chiwaukum Mountains and provides with one of the best and uninterrupted views of the mountain ranges around. The top elevation of the summit is at 7993 ft/2436 m and is suitable for climbing, from spring through late fall.

In order to approach the South Ridge side of the mountain, you hike along the Icicle Trail and at the junction, take the right fork, which is the Frosty Pass Trail, leading you to the summit. Snowgrass Mountain is an easy rocky meadow climb, suitable for all skill levels, but a good physical condition is important. Once you reach the top, the view of the mountains and the lakes around is unbelievable.

The summit can be reached in one day, but for the most adventurous climbers, this climb can be combined with overnight camping in the wonderful Lake Mary campsite. If you visit South Ridge 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
23.7mi/38km, 32mins
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 W/US-97 S and stay on US-2 W. Turn left on E Leavenworth Rd and left again on Icicle Rd. Turn Right and in under half a mile, the road hooks hard to the right at the Sleeping Lady Resort, and heads up Icicle Canyon. Follow this hard hook to Icicle Rd for 16mi past Chatter Creek, across Icicle River at Rock Creek Campground and past Black Pine Campground.
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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