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  • - Mount Washington
  • View up toward Mount Washington's summit (7,795').- Mount Washington
  • View looking north to Hayrick Butte, Three Fingered Jack (7,844') and Mount Jefferson (10,495').- Mount Washington
  • Magenta paintbrush (Castilleja parviflora).- Mount Washington
  • Contributor Joshua Lupkin on the approach to the summit- Mount Washington
  • View looking up toward Mount Washington's summit (7,795').- Mount Washington
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  • Looking down from Mount Washington- Mount Washington
  • Contributor Andrew Stohner looking out from Mount Washington's summit- Mount Washington
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  • Repelling down Mount Washington's summit block- Mount Washington
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  • Western pasque flower (Anemone occidentalis).- Mount Washington
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  • - Mount Washington
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  • Subalpine mariposa lily (Calochortus subalpinus).- Mount Washington
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  • Mount Washington and the summit block at sunset- Mount Washington
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Exposure. Loose and crumbly rock. Traditional protection required.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Recommended Equipment:
Harness / rope / anchors, Additional ice tools
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade V
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,070.00 ft (935.74 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,720.00 ft (1,438.66 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Twisting as though it were frozen in the midst of a dynamic dance move, Mount Washington challenges worthy climbers to navigate five fifth-class rock pitches to the summit. Climbers begin their journey meandering through the remnants of the 2003 Booth Fire, where vegetation is returning with a powerful display of wildflowers blooming as late as August.  You'll see lupine, Indian paintbrush, penstemon rupicola, sea aster and Davidson's penstemon to name a few. The wildflowers soon give way to the crumbly basalt typical of volcanic plugs.

Be sure to bring your helmet, rope, climbing rack and wits as the constant exposure and brittle rock will surely keep you on your toes.

From the summit you'll have views as far north as Mount Hood and Mount McLoughlin is visible to the south on a clear day; you'll also see neighboring Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, and the Three Sisters. An early start from the parking lot will bring climbers back to the car before dusk.

Note: For more climbing details you can contact the following ranger stations: McKenzie Bridge Ranger Station (541.549.7700), Detroit Ranger Station (503.854.3366), and Sisters Ranger Station (541.549.7700).

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