Chair Peak - 6238' / 1901m
Only an hour away from downtown Seattle, Snoqualmie Pass has been a training ground for a 100 years of aspiring alpinists. This is an awesome venue for introduction to intermediate alpine climbs - and a few overnighters tossed in to raise the bar.
Chair Peak sits at the end of the Alpental Valley, in an area so scenic that the original plan for the ski area included a restaurant located nearby. Now its one of the most popular Wilderness Areas in the region. And the massive piece of rock has four impressive routes that make for perfect day trips.
This area also has some incredible backcountry skiing. If you're interested, check out my ski itineraries here: LINK.
Northeast Buttress, III 5th or 4th class
Don't be fooled by the "classic" grade, the NE Buttress features great climbing in an incredible alpine setting. For any aspiring alpine climber its a good first climb, with consistent pitches, mandatory rappel descent, and a full-day schedule.
East Face, III 5.5
The East Face features incredibly clean rock and an amazing position. The perfect alpine climb for folks with prior multi-pitch rock experience, but missing more alpine skills.
West Ridge, III 5.8
The most remote of these three routes, the West Ridge is also the longest, with nine pitches of mostly 4th class and easy 5th class rock, and only one at 5.8. A great route for alpinist with experience looking to see more of the Alpental Valley.
Private dates are available July-October. Max ratio 2:1.
I offer these trips as a co-owner of the Certified Guides Cooperative.