Three Fingers

Granite Falls, Washington 98252

Three Fingers

Three Fingers Professional Review and Guide

"Named for its three peaks, Three Fingers and its western glacier are distinctive sights from the cities lining the Puget Sound basin and from many North Cascade summits. The north peak is 6720 feet, the middle peak is 6800 feet, and the south peak is 6850 feet. The Queest-Alb glacier hangs below and west of the north peak while a perennial snowfield that once was a glacier nestles below the south peak, and a 2000-foot sheer wall dominates the east face.

Although the north peak is a technical climb, the south has a popular scramble route. Some people consider this trip just a hike, but there is considerable exposure and at least one steep section of snow you must traverse. The best time to avoid the steep snow is in September or early October, when you may be able to walk in moats above the snowfield or on the ridge where the snow has melted."

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"Three Fingers and its companion, Whitehorse, are an unmistakable sight to the east from the flatlands near Everett. The gleaming Queest Alb Glacier leads to the saddle between South and Middle Finger, the high point of this tour.

This tour is more suited to skiers than to snowboarders. It is best done when the road has just melted out (unless you have a snowmobile). Difficulties: Glacier travel; routefinding required; high avalanche potential; permit / fee area."

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Trail Information

Granite Falls
Nearby City
15
Distance
4,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Difficult
Skill Level
11 hours
Duration
June to October
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Whitehorse Mountain; Green Trails Granite Falls 109, Silverton 110
Local Maps