Typical Student Climbs
Middle Sister, North Ridge - A short glacier climb via the Collier/Renfrew/Hayden glaciers. Generally done from a base camp with either an east or west side approach.
Mt Thielsen - Located north of Crater Lake, Thielsen has a short approach and some easy 4th to 5th class rock climbing at the top.
Broken Top - Easy scramble with short belayed pitch. Often combined with ascent of South Sister.
Three Fingered Jack, South Ridge - Easy approach with some short belayed pitches, some exposure and crumbly rock.
Mt. Washington, North Ridge - Moderate approach, with belayed pitches and scrambling on generally good rock. Often done in conjunction with 3FJ.
Mt. Jefferson, South Ridge - Easiest route on Jeff, but still features long approach and challenging traverse on steep terrain prior to summit pinnacle.
Mt. Hood, West Crater Rim - Less crowded and more forgiving variant of south side glacier climb. Steep snow and glacier ascent.
Mt. Adams, South Side - A long non-technical ascent up snow and scree. Offers the opportunity for a high elevation camp with great views and a fine glissade on the descent. Climb fee required.
Mt. Adams, Mazama Glacier - Tougher approach, but great high camp and moderate glacier ascent. Often done as a carryover with descent down south side. Climb fee required.
Mt. St. Helens – Basically a slog up the south side, but with a great view of the volcano’s crater. Climb fee required. Highlight is the Mothers’ Day climb, with many summiting in a dress.
Tatoosh Peaks - The Tatoosh range is located within Mt Rainier National Park and the short traverse of Castle, Pinnacle and Plummer affords good rock scrambling with fine views to the north of Mt Rainier. Can also be combined with a climb of nearby Unicorn Peak.
Goat Rocks - Located southeast of Mt Rainier, the Goat Rocks wilderness has easy scrambles of Mt Ives and Old Snowy from Snowgrass Flats and Cispus basin, and a more challenging ascent of Curtis Gilbert from Conrad Flats on the east.
Mt. Shuksan, Sulphide Glacier – One of the more classicly beautiful North Cascades peaks, Shuksan offers a long approach, a substantial glacier, and an excellent rock scramble on its summit pinnacle.
revised 2013 February 3