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Naches Peak Ski Tour

Backcountry ski tour to the summit of Naches Peak
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  The Chinook Pass area offers excellent spring and summer ski touring after the road access on Hwy 410 is established in the late... more »

Tips:  Essential back-country touring gear. Beacons, snow shovel and probe, plus the ten essentials. Best done during the spring when the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Start of Tour

Complete tour video available

The Chinook Pass area offers excellent spring and summer ski touring after the road access on Hwy 410 is established in the late spring. Drive to Chinook Pass and park at the small parking lot by Tipsoo Lake.

2. West Saddle

From the parking lot, head SE toward the bowl on the west side of Naches Peak and climb up the west ridge to a saddle at 5870 ft. At this saddle you have a choice to either switchback straight up the ridge line to the skier’s summit of Naches Peak or do a climbing traverse along the south face of the peak.

3. East Ridge

From the south approach, you will eventually connect up to the east ridge and then switchback west to the skier’s summit just south of the main rocky summit at 6320 ft. There are spectacular views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier from this point.

Descent Options
Let’s explore several options for skiing down Naches Peak. They are all dependent on... More

4. Skier's Summit

West Face
The west descent off of Naches Peak that takes you back into the basin that is close to the start of the tour. Slip down the south aspect of the skier’s summit along the SW ridge to find the slot above a large rocky band. Traverse right into the basin until you have past the trees that are perched above the rock band. It is a... More

5. North Bowl

Great runs to the north east when snow is stable. See map.

6. West Bowl

Main descent route on return to trail head at Tipsoo Lake.