Bonanza West Peak Northwest Buttress

Leavenworth, Washington

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The tallest nonvolcanic peak in the Cascades stands out near the head of Lake Chelan. Bonanza, with its two horns and impressive glaciers, is easy to identify from locations around the range. You can see it clearly from Washington and Cascade Passes, but it sees much less traffic than either of these locations. This is a true adventure in a remote part of the range that you will want to visit more than once. When the Holden copper mine closed in 1957 and the village was leased as a retreat by the Lutheran Church, a unique chapter in the history of Washington mountain culture began. Visiting Holden Village is one of the reasons to do this trip, and if you can afford the time you should consider spending a night or two as a guest.
Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington

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Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes Washington

by Martin Volken (The Mountaineers Books)

The tallest nonvolcanic peak in the Cascades stands out near the head of Lake Chelan. Bonanza, with its two horns and impressive glaciers, is easy to identify from locations around the range. You can see it clearly from Washington and Cascade Passes, but it sees much less traffic than either of these locations. This is a true adventure in a remote part of the range that you will want to visit more than once.

When the Holden copper mine closed in 1957 and the village was leased as a retreat by the Lutheran Church, a unique chapter in the history of Washington mountain culture began. Visiting Holden Village is one of the reasons to do this trip, and if you can afford the time you should consider spending a night or two as a guest.

© 2014 Martin Volken /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Leavenworth
Distance: 31 km (19 miles)
Elevation Gain: 8,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3-5 days
Season: April–June
Trailhead Elevation: 3,240 feet
Top Elevation: 9,400 feet
Local Maps: Holden and Mount Lyall
Driving Directions: Directions to Bonanza West Peak: Northwest Buttress

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May 2018