Chiwaukum Mountains

Leavenworth, Washington

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This approach to the Chiwaukum Range makes sense because it provides access to the heart of this high range via a scenic if lengthy approach. And there is parking, unlike the Coulter Ski Trail approach. The trail near the trailhead passes through a steep-sided gorge with White Pine Creek raging along its narrow floor. If snow covers the trail, the skier is faced with a long, steep traverse above the torrent. A climbing rope with the correct accessories might be just the thing here to make this tour comfortable in early season. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; routefinding required; permit/fee area; not recommended for snowboarders.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

This approach to the Chiwaukum Range makes sense because it provides access to the heart of this high range via a scenic if lengthy approach. And there is parking, unlike the Coulter Ski Trail approach. The trail near the trailhead passes through a steep-sided gorge with White Pine Creek raging along its narrow floor.

If snow covers the trail, the skier is faced with a long, steep traverse above the torrent. A climbing rope with the correct accessories might be just the thing here to make this tour comfortable in early season. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; routefinding required; permit/fee area; not recommended for snowboarders.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Leavenworth
Distance: 16
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 12 hours
Season: Best April to May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,800 feet
Top Elevation: 8,081 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 145 Wenatchee Lake, No. 177 Chiwaukum Mountains
Driving Directions: Directions to Chiwaukum Mountains

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