Ascent of Methow Pinnacles on 2016-06-01

Climber: Andy Boos

Others in Party:Randy Furnas
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Methow Pinnacles
    Elevation:7562 ft / 2304 m

Ascent Trip Report

A relatively seldom climbed peak that is easy to access (when Hwy 20 is open) and straightforward. Park right at the Milepost 150 where there's a pullout adequate for 3 or 4 cars. There's no trail, just ascend the logical line up the SW slopes, which eventually become a ridge. The ridge trends eastward right toward the 7562' summit point.

Two bits of advice: This is a better route in early season when snow covers more of the route. You go through a heavily burned area from about 5100' to 6100' and without snow there will be hundreds of small and medium-sized trees to step over and detour around. Three of four feet of snow would help immensely.

Also, we got hung up in brush and blowdowns for a while at the start, and it is avoidable. Rather than just crossing the highway from the parking pullout and starting out along the left side of the creek, it's much better to walk DOWN the highway a few hundred feet and then start up through the trees. We discovered this on the way down. Done properly, the first 1500 feet of elevation gain should be through the forest with relatively little brush.

This is a 1000-foot prominence summit and has outstanding views. It could also be a great way to access Mebee Pass and some of the neighboring ridges.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3922 ft / 1195 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:SW slope/ridge
    Trailhead:Hwy 20 at MP 150 (pullout)  3640 ft / 1109 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles

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