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Mt. Washington Standard Summit Route

Via Big Lake and North Ridge
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

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.

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

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.