Highest of the Entiat Mountains, Mt. Fernow rivals Bonanza Peak for the supreme summit west of Lake Chelan. Only a few hundred feet lower than Bonanza (Trip 25), Fernow is drier and less glaciated, and therefore more welcoming to entry-level mountaineers. Copper Peak is the imposing, pyramidal mass to the north on the rough rocky ridge that connects to Mt. Fernow. Both can be reached from a camp in Copper Basin high above the town of Holden. Luxuriant meadows open at the higher levels of the subalpine forest in a succession of comfortable basins. But then shorter trees surround widespread loose talus and scree, and south-facing slopes become sharply folded into gullies with corrugated rock-strewn ribs. Although the lower valley slopes are densely forested, the blocky crests lose their snow cover by June and then stand nearly barren.
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