Mount Stuart Cascadian Couloir

Wenatchee, Washington 98801

Mount Stuart Cascadian Couloir

Mount Stuart: Cascadian Couloir Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Mount Stuart is the crown jewel of the Wenatchee Mountains and the eastern anchor of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Its massive granitic bulk rises out of the U-shaped Ingalls Valley on the south and towers above the larches and steep glaciers on its north side.

Stuart offers many compelling ski outings, including the Sherpa Glacier and the circumnavigation; even the Ice Cliff Glacier and the Stuart Glacier Couloir have been skied."

Mount Stuart: Cascadian Couloir Reviews

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I climbed up to the top via an alternate route but I decended the Cascadian Couloir. The climb was steep and dirty but worth the views. The traverse from the false summit to the real summit is steep. No need to rope up but do realize the traverse is not a trail but large boulders you will have to climb up and DOWN. I would recomend doing this climb in the middle to late summer to avoid snow. And definately bring gaiter for the climb down. The trail is very loose rock/dirt.
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The climber's trail for the cascadian couloir started about .43 miles west (on Ingalls creak trail) from the first small clearing and where the first camp is located. We actually ascended via the couloir east of Cascadian which was much more clear from brush and slide alder than cascadian. We descended cascadian. Lots of snow still and it freezes into rock hard ice around 8 PM. Steep snow up to 45 degrees near the base of the false summit. Recommend roping up for that section of steep snow. Makes for a very long day from the trail head, but well worth the summit views.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
13.5 km (8.4 miles)
8,185 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
1-2 days
4,280 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,415 feet
Top Elevation
Mount Stuart
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Dec 2018