North America, United States, Washington, Cascade Range, Whitechuck Mountain, Northeast Ridge
Whitechuck Mountain, Northeast Ridge. On July 14 Jim Cleary and I climbed this ridge on Whitechuck Mountain, east of Darrington. We approached the north side of the peak via Forest Service Road #3209, parking at the last switchback where an impassable spur leads to the southernmost clearcut on the road (3800 feet). We ascended the glacier on the north side of the peak to its apex (c. 6200 feet) which placed us at the base of a large slabby gully. The gully was ascended to the southeast ridge proper. From there one pitch (F2) on the ridge crest put us within 10 minutes scrambling of the summit. The climb, although relatively short, has fine alpine variety and sound rock.
Donald J. Goodman