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Mt. Washington Standard Summit Route

Via Big Lake and North Ridge
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Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 10.6 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  This is a technical mountain like Three Fingered Jack to the north that requires rock climbing and mountaineering skills. There is... more »

Tips:  The trailhead is located down the road from the Hoodoo Ski Resort. Take forest road 2690 south two miles to Big Lake. Just before... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Climbers Trail

Watch for this cairn indicating the climbers trail heading away from the PCT.

2. North Ridge Climb

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3. Start of Summit Pitch Climbing

There is extreme exposure here. Here I've shown a bunch of photos of us ascending and descending in and out of clouds and one of my hand to show how crumbly and unsafe the rock is for hand-holds. Be very careful and take your time.

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4. Summit

Summit Photos. There is a register at the top for you to sign. There is also a clear summit rock that sticks into the air. Go look at it closely. You will see a multitude of little black melted holes in it... these are from lightning strikes! Therefore, it's not a good idea to stay up there in bad weather! Hopefully you will have better... More

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5. Descent down the scree slope

This is truly a scree slope of very loose rock so watch your footing or you'll twist an ankle. Follow the trail of footsteps down on a seperate path that will bring you in a loop back to the PCT just beyond where you entered the woods for the ascent. You'll have some great views on the way down.