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Prusik Peak: West Ridge

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington

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  • Colchuck Lake and Dragon's Tail.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • You're sure to spot a few goats along the way. - Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Colchuck Lake from Aasgard Pass.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Isolation Lake and Little Annapurna. - Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • First views of Prusik Peak from upper Enchantments.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Prusik Peak and Mount Temple (right).- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Perfection Lake is a great spot to grab water before heading up Prusik Peak.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Heading up to Prusik Pass.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Scouting the West Ridge of Prusik Peak.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Shield Lake and Prusik Peak.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Enchantment Peaks off to the west. - Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Pitch 1 on west ridge of Prusik Peak.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Belay on the second pitch.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Cleaning anchors above the second pitch.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • The third pitch is a Class 4 traverse.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Climbers taking the 5.8 off-width on the final pitch.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • A short chimney finishes off the climb.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • The roomy summit on Prusik Peak.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Upper Enchantments in the distance.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Looking south to McClellan Peak.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Clean rappels off of the north side.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Rappeling with views of Shield Lake.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Rappeling with views of Shield Lake.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Going cross country to intersect the trail. - Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • - Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Alpenglow on McClellan Peak.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Prusik Peak reflects in Gnome Tarn as golden Larches look on.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Vibrant sunrise over Perfection Lake with Prusik Peak to the left.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Vibrant sunrise over Perfection Lake with Prusik Peak to the left.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • Prusik Peak stands above Perfection and Inspiration Lakes.- Prusik Peak: West Ridge
  • - Prusik Peak: West Ridge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solid rock. Great views.
Cons: 
Crowds. Permits.
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Region:
Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Recommended Equipment:
Ice axe / crampons, Harness / rope / anchors, Helmets
Alpine climbing NCCS rating: 
Grade V
Net Elevation Gain: 
6,800.00 ft (2,072.64 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Total Distance: 
22.00 mi (35.41 km)
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,400.00 ft (1,036.32 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The West Ridge of Prusik Peak is a classic alpine rock climb in the Central Cascades. The 20-mile round-trip trek turns most climbers away, but be prepared to see more than a few parties on this route on any given weekend. 

The prime climbing season for Prusik Peak is between May and September. Be prepared with crampons and an ice ax if you're planning on climbing during the shoulder seasons. 

Because overnight permits are so hard to obtain for the Enchantment Lakes area, most parties climb Prusik in one 20-mile day. Drop one car at the Snow Lakes Trailhead and drive another up to the Stuart Lake Trailhead. Starting the approach at the Colchuck Lake Trailhead knocks off a few miles and takes out a 1,000 feet of elevation gain. 

Approaching from the Colchuck Lake side also provides views of Dragon's Tail and Colchuck Lake along the way. It's easy to distract yourself along the approach with amazing views in every direction. 

The climb is mostly 5.5 climbing with a 15-foot 5.7 slab on the second pitch. Four single rappels off of the north side bring you down to the base of the climb. From there, you'll have 10-miles back to Snow Lakes Trailhead.

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