West Ridge of Mount Washington

Length:1 day
Price:1 climber $625
2 $425 per climber
Dates:Custom dates are available in Spring, Summer and Fall
Location:Santiam Pass Area

One of Mount Washington’s premier rock routes, the West Ridge is one of the most sustained routes on the mountain.

We will approach our climb following the Pacific Crest Trail for several miles, before utilizing climber’s trails as we head towards the West Ridge.  Once we transition into our rock shoes the climber can look forward to 6 to 8 pitches of technical rock up to 5.8 in difficulty. There are exposed positions on the ridge with sweeping views down either side. After soaking up the dramatic 360 degree views we’ll head down the North Ridge route, eventually returning to the Pacific Crest Trail for our hike out.

Climbers must be physically prepared for a long day in the mountains.

Permit Restriction

We are able to schedule this program Monday through Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day, because of limitations on all commercial permits in the Deschutes-Willamette National Forest.

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West Ridge of Mount Washington

Santiam Pass Area

The West Ridge of Mount Washington has several challenging pitches of crack climbing, interspersed with knife-edge ridge traversing, on moderate and engaging rock. This is a full day with a 6 mile approach on the Pacific Crest Trail as well as established climbers trails.

Elevation:7.795 feet
Style:Alpine rock up to 5. 8
Skill Level:Difficult
MtWashWR- Mtn

"I am very happy with my TMG experience. The guides were professional, personable, and extremely concerned about safety. . . I absolutely give highest marks to these guys. If you don't have much Alpine experience, or just want the security of seasoned veterans guiding you up this mountain, then I strongly recommend you sign up with them. Thanks, guys, for a great experience!!"

George C
Highland, UT

"What a fantastic experience gaining the summit of a mountain we've gazed on from Portland for 25 years! . . . We learned a great deal, had a ton of fun, felt in very capable hands, and had the reward of summiting on a beautiful clear day. The value of being with a professional, certified, guide and guiding organization was evident throughout. Kudos to the TMG team who were responsive, supportive, and fun to work with every step of the way."

Malcolm C
Portland, OR

"We booked 2-day overnight program on Mt. Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides. Our guides were great, . . super friendly and reputable. The program did not go as planned due to inclement weather but we still had fun and good experience. The guides were definitely flexible and provided guidance during the trip. I would recommend going with them if it's your first climbing trip on Mt. Hood for sure."

Portland, OR

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Know Before You Go

  • Climb this route as part of a 2-day alpine rock program 
  • Previous multipitch climbing experience at or above 5.8
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