Big Snagtooth Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Big Snagtooth is the southernmost and highest point on Snagtooth Ridge, a blocky, ragged crest just to the south of Silver Star Mountain (Trip 16). The ridge forms a toothy grin composed of Big Snagtooth and its companion peaks: Willow, Cedar, Decayed, Red, Dog, Split, and Last Tooth. The landscape is quintessential Washington Pass: reddish-toned needles towering above expanses of treeless talus and scree from which all glaciers have vanished. The rock portion of the ridge is moderate; extensive, barren slopes blend downward from the south face to meet the forest adjoining North Cascades Highway. The ridge itself is riddled with widely spaced notches etched out by weathering. The granite that makes up the startling towers of Snagtooth Ridge is more friable than neighboring formations, perhaps due to differential cooling that affected its texture. In addition to extensive scree that can slow forward progress, Big Snagtooth is notable for its remarkable view not only of Silver Star Mountain, but also of also nearby Kangaroo Ridge, renowned for its quality climbing. The summit of Big Snagtooth sports an airy perch that often requires the leader to stand on the shoulder of another climber to reach the very top."