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Alpine climbing NCCS rating
Class V
Elevation Gain
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Distance
22.00 mi (35.41 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass

Pros

Solid rock. Great views.

Cons

Crowds. Permits.

Pets allowed

No

Trailhead Elevation

3,400.00 ft (1,036.32 m)

Net Elevation Gain

6,800.00 ft (2,072.64 m)

Address

NF-7601
Leavenworth, WA 98826
United States

Features

Backcountry camping
Rock climbing
Big Game Watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Big Game Watching

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

10.07.15
I would definitely like to climb this peak one day. But, for now, all I have are shots from below...
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