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Slate Peak

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Slate Peak is in the Cascade mountain range, not the Olympic., Winthrop, WA
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ryanwalkr wrote a review Aug 2019
Tri-Cities, Washington42 contributions6 helpful votes
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Went 8/4/19, and feel I should give some hints and tips for those interested. For us, it took us a good hour to hour and half from Mazama store to the peak, simply because the road was in bad shape, and we wanted to be careful to the SUV. There were enormous ruts, and it is very rocky. If you have a nice car and care a lot about it, consider a rental, if you don't care too much, feel free to drive as fast as you want, but be warned. The one bad thing about the road is when you meet another car going in the opposite direction, it can be frustrating to maneuver when you're on the edge of an almost cliff so to speak. This also adds time to the journey. We went on a Sunday fairly early, and there were some cars, much more cars passing us on the way down though. It's unbelievable up top, but a shame that you spend a good hour, hour and half, and don't spend too much time up top. We spent about 30-45 minutes here before heading down. We got super lucky and was a blue sky day, I know this must be rare. We actually had trekking poles, but didn't use them; if going back we would use them in a heartbeat, it is a pretty steep hill you must climb when arriving. Feel free to message me for any questions. If given the choice to travel and conquer the most dangerous, and highest road in all of Washington, go for it!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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waterworld40 wrote a review Sep 2016
Bellevue, Washington29 contributions9 helpful votes
If you are not afraid of exposure and dirt roads take this drive to what feels like the top of the world!
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Date of experience: September 2016
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darkswede218 wrote a review Feb 2016
Fall City, Washington326 contributions114 helpful votes
HINT: start early in the morning to avoid parking issues up top. Make sure to top off your gas tank and use the bathroom in Mazama. If you have a passenger vehicle with 'normal' ground clearance, avoid this drive. Even low Subarus like Imprezas or Legacy's should avoid this drive. You'll need higher vehicle clearance for the primitive road conditions. Normal SUV or Subaru Outback is sufficient. Also, the road is VERY exposed. There are no guard rails. If your tires slip off the shoulder, you and your car might go rolling for hundreds of feet down a steep boulder field. Some long or narrow grades may not have a good pullout for hundreds of yards. You should be comfortable backing your car for long distances on a primitive road. AND you passengers should be comfortable with steep precipices outside the window and confident on the driver's abilities. Otherwise there will be undue stress and hate & discontent in the car. But the view at the top is breathtaking. The surrounding peaks of the North Cascades are not up close and personal but the they are all around you. You can see into Canada. Bring water and food. Bring binoculars and telephoto lenses. Go to the bathroom at Mazama and top off your gas tank. The long slow grind up sucks your gas tank dry. This is a remote location suitable for off-road RV'ers. If you have heart or lung issues like angina, COPD, emphysema or the like you should be warned that you will gain serious altitude and some sea-level people may be short of breath at the top. The air gets a little thin up top. The road ends at the Slate Peak lookout at about 7,500 ft (2,300 m).
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Date of experience: August 2015
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Sarah A wrote a review Jul 2015
Lynnwood, Washington24 contributions25 helpful votes
After an aborted attempt several years ago due to poor road conditions not surpassable by my VW Jetta, my husband and I were finally able to make this drive this year. The road condition was much improved. It is a long, windy road to the top with some harrowing moments due to the sleep cliffs that are very near at certain points, but it is all completely worth it when you get to Slate Peak. We read that it is 1/2 a mile from the parking area to the top of Slate Peak, but it seems a bit shorter than that. The views are breath-taking and should not be missed.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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Mtnbiker2 wrote a review Jun 2015
San Jose, California90 contributions57 helpful votes
If you're a physically fit mountain biker who can climb 5000 feet, you're in for a treat. Ride from the Methow Valley floor near Mazama to the Slate Peak summit at 7488 feet on a well-mainted Forest Service dirt road. Between the floor (~2500') and Harts Pass (6198') you're slogging up a hill with only glimpses of what's to come. Once you leave Harts Pass, the scenery opens up and the views of the North Cascades and the Pasayten Wilderness are incomparable. I've seen plenty of pictures of Nepal and think even veteran trekkers there would be impressed by the Slate Peak climb. No singletrack, just 15 miles of dirt road, but exceedingly well worth it. Of course most people will do this in a motor vehicle. You can do it in a two-wheel-drive car, but it will be challenging in places. There is a locked gate 1/3 mile before the Slate Peak summit and if you drive you will have to walk up that.
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Date of experience: June 2015
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