Mount Fernow Southwest Slope

Trinity, Washington

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Mount Fernow is the highest summit of the Entiat Mountains, a subrange of 9,000-foot peaks dividing the Entiat River and Leroy Creek about midway between Glacier Peak and Lake Chelan. Like other Entiat peaks, it is somewhat remote with abundant snow, scree and talus slopes, and gullies on all sides—a fairly long, tedious climb by any route. But more than the others, Mount Fernow has a reputation for loose rock. In reality, much of the climbing is on reasonably sound rock, or at least the loose rock scrambling isn’t terrifyingly exposed. Summit views are outstanding and include a panorama of peaks: Bonanza Peak, Goode Mountain, Buckner Mountain, Glacier Peak, the Chiwawa Mountains, and the Dakobed Range. You can look south to Mount Stuart and Mount Rainier, and east to the Chelan Mountains and beyond.
Climbing Washington's Mountains

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Climbing Washington's Mountains

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

Mount Fernow is the highest summit of the Entiat Mountains, a subrange of 9,000-foot peaks dividing the Entiat River and Leroy Creek about midway between Glacier Peak and Lake Chelan. Like other Entiat peaks, it is somewhat remote with abundant snow, scree and talus slopes, and gullies on all sides—a fairly long, tedious climb by any route. But more than the others, Mount Fernow has a reputation for loose rock. In reality, much of the climbing is on reasonably sound rock, or at least the loose rock scrambling isn’t terrifyingly exposed.

Summit views are outstanding and include a panorama of peaks: Bonanza Peak, Goode Mountain, Buckner Mountain, Glacier Peak, the Chiwawa Mountains, and the Dakobed Range. You can look south to Mount Stuart and Mount Rainier, and east to the Chelan Mountains and beyond.

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Trinity
Distance: 22
Elevation Gain: 5,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 10 - 12 hours; best done as 2 or 3 day climb
Class: Class 4
Local Maps: USGS Holden; Green Trails # 113 (Holden)
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Fernow: Southwest Slope

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