Activity Information

Hikers

Mesahchie Peak/Mesahchie Icefall Couloir

08/30/14 (Sat) - 09/01/14 (Mon)

Trip
Everett Climbing


Stephen Bobick

5:30 AM

Ash Way P&R


8,975’, Rainy Pass Grade II-III Ice

Reference & Data • • • •

  • Jurisdiction: North Cascades National Park
  • Ranger Station: Marblemount Ranger Station / 360-873-4500
  • Equipment: Ice tools, ice screws, pickets.
  • USGS Maps: Mt. Arriva, Mt. Logan
  • Other Map: North Cascades National Park Complex.
  • Beckey: Cascade Alpine Guide II, 2nd Edition, pp. 328-329.
  • Other ref: 100 Hikes in the North Cascades, Hike 23, Easy Pass.

Time Elevation gain/loss Mileage

  • Seattle to TH 3-4 hrs 3,760’ 162
  • TH to Camp 4-5 hrs +3,500’
  • Camp to Summit 6-7 hrs +1,700’
  • Summit to Cars 4-6 hrs -5,200’

Approach • • • • • • • • • • •

Drive I-5 N, take exit 232 (Cook Road) at Burlington, turning east to Sedro Wooley and State Route 20. Turn left and continue 47 miles to Marblemount for climb registration and trip permits at Park R.S. Continue on Hwy 20 east 32 miles past Newhalem to Easy Pass Trailhead, 5 miles before Rainy Pass. Follow trail to Easy Pass, 6,580’, then traverse NW along Ragged Ridge (at ca. 6,830’, animal trails and heather are found, more tiresome scree higher) to bivy campsite just south of Mesachie Col located east of 7,985’ subpeak. Campsite may be dry in late season.

Climbing Route • • • • •

From campsite, scramble to Mesachie Col, then descend to Mesachie Glacier on north side of Ragged Ridge. Traverse west across glacier to icefall. Negotiating seracs, climb four pitches up center of icefall to couloir. Climb two additional pitches up couloir. (Can move left onto easy rock after first pitch in couloir). From top of couloir, considerable exposed class 3-4 scrambling on rubble to reach summit.

Descent • • • • • • • • • • •

Down climb route back to top of couloir. From here, make a descending traverse SE below 7,985’ subpeak back to campsite.

Comments • • • • • • • • •

This long climb is probably best scheduled for 3 days.

We will summit Mesahchie, not just do the ice climb.

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Registration opens on Fri, Aug 1 at 9:00 AM
Registration closes on Tue, Sep 2 at 5:00 PM

If you are under 18 years old, please contact the leader prior to registering.

Trip Data
Intermediate Ice Climb
8975
0
Brisk / Fast

USGS Mt Arriva
USGS Mt Logan

100 Hikes in the North Cascades National Park Region
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