Yakima Peak

Greenwater, Washington

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Yakima Peak forms the northwestern sentinel at Chinook Pass and sometimes offers a refuge from the hordes of early season backcountry skiers at Naches Peak. From Chinook Pass, head west into the Tipsoo Lakes Basin. Make a climbing traverse, west through forest to the southwestern slopes of Yakima Peak. When you come to glades, climb to their high points and ski. Trees here often protect snow from wind damage. To reach the summit of Yakima Peak, head north about 0.8 mile west of Chinook Pass until you gain the western ridge (0.1 mile). Then turn right and climb 0.2 mile to the summit. An ice ax is required for the summit pitch.
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)

Yakima Peak forms the northwestern sentinel at Chinook Pass and sometimes offers a refuge from the hordes of early season backcountry skiers at Naches Peak.

From Chinook Pass, head west into the Tipsoo Lakes Basin. Make a climbing traverse, west through forest to the southwestern slopes of Yakima Peak. When you come to glades, climb to their high points and ski. Trees here often protect snow from wind damage.

To reach the summit of Yakima Peak, head north about 0.8 mile west of Chinook Pass until you gain the western ridge (0.1 mile). Then turn right and climb 0.2 mile to the summit. An ice ax is required for the summit pitch.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best in November and April
Trailhead Elevation: 5,450 feet
Top Elevation: 6,226 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 270 Mount Rainier East
Driving Directions: Directions to Yakima Peak

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