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Mount Washington

At: Washington, United States
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About: Mount Washington is a 6,260 foot tall peak in the Olympic Mountains of Washington, USA. The mountain is located in an area designated as the Mount Skokomish Wilderness. Climbing Information The trail begins just beyond the left fork in the road (taking one to the high trailhead of Mount Ellinor. About 150 feet before the blocked road end is a faint but obvious trail heading west up the slope. Ascend the steep path through forest, often guiding up between joint fractures in the bedrock and over roots, to a flat meadow area around 4500 feet. Discernable by its year-round stream. Ellinor and the Mt. Washington ridge are visible to the SW-NW. Cross the meadow and then bear NNW back into forest up towards at times moss-covered bedrock exposure. Traverse to the left up along the rock ribs back through large trees up to a prominent scree slope with a great sitting-on rock near its base. Good spot for a rest. The way up aims just left of the left-most rock in the ridge visible to the north. At the top of this section the 'trail' is sparsely visible. Choice of routes. Reach a flat area from which the summit block and its approach are visible. Mount Ellinor protrudes prominently to the SSW. Head WNW towards an obvious gully to the summit ridge. Ice axe if snowy as it is quite steep. The gully directs you north to the summit ridge. The summit block requires more scrambling and technical routes are abundant. Approach around the right side and then up west. The summit has several decent seats and a climbing register. Good view of Mt. Jefferson, Sawtooth Ridge, Lincoln, Elizabeth, and Ellinor. All of the major peaks of the Olympic Range are visible on a clear day, as is Seattle and the 5 Wash. State volcanoes plus Mt. Hood. This peak is often used as a training climb for mountaineering groups for basic rope work in snow. A spring ascent is recommended.


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