Rock Climbing in Cannon Mountain: Northwest Ridge, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Top elevation:
Skill level required:
grade II-III
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.

Cannon Mountain is located in Stewart Range, on the West edge of the Lost World Plateu. Access to Cannon Mountain is quite challenging since there is no existing trail, taking you directly to the mountain. The route is long and brushy and you walk through old burned trees.

The top elevation of the peak is at 8638ft/2632 m and the best time to visit, is during spring. The skill level required for this climb is class II-III, and is suitable for beginners, but a good physical condition is essential. The Northwest Ridge climb is easy, offering an exciting snow climb on a remote location, with breathtaking views of the surrounding summits once you reach the top.

As you follow the ridge, there are large granite blocks with rock hard ice and you have to explore the area and avoid difficult sections. Cannon Mountain is not a popular destination for mountain climbers, due to the overall difficulty to approach it. It is though an exciting adventure with lots of exploration in an amazing scenery. Take a map and a compass, 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
32.3mi/52km, 59mins
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 W/US-97 S and stay on US-2 W. Turn left on E Leavenworth Rd, left on Icicle Rd, right again to remain on Icicle Rd, left on NF-7600 and make an open right turn on NF-7601 until you reach a large parking lot and the 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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