Cashmere Mountain

An epic hike, with some sections of scrambling, to the top of Cashmere Mountain.

Hiking Extreme

Distance
29 km
Ascent
1.8 km
Descent
1.8 km
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
991 m
High Point
2.6 km
Gradient
20˚
Cashmere Mountain Map

We let last night’s bratwursts & beers settle a bit and got a leisurely 8:30am start from the Eightmile Lake Trailhead. Heads up to anyone not in the know, the first few miles are a complete burn zone, including most of the long climb up from Little Eightmile Lake. Recommend at least a few brats to keep you powered up for this slog. Just put your head down, it’s worth it when you regain the forest and emerge over the ridge to Lake Caroline and an entirely different vista. From here on out, it’s a great hike into the alpine meadows below Windy Pass. Look out for a bear climbing high in a tree in this section.

Description

From Windy Pass, you’ll follow the west ridge of Cashmere for a long time until you drop down to a saddle before the final scramble. Routefinding was a bit tricky — we blew by the gully to the first notch, keep a sharp eye out for it. The crux is climbing up a cliffy section out of the first notch. After that the route mellows out but still is interesting as you make your way past the sub-summits to the final summit block.

After downclimbing the scramble and talus hopping, we took the shortcut path down a south ridge and then went x-country with minimal bushwhacking back to the trail below Windy Pass.

Then it was a long, low blood sugar hike out, with visions of Chicken Parm in our heads… always the biggest option on the menu at Italian restaurants.

Difficulty

Extreme

Scrambling up mountains and along technical trails with moderate fall exposure. Handholds are necessary to navigate the trail in its entirety, although they are not necessary at all times. Some obstacles can be very large and difficult to navigate, and the grades can often be near-vertical. The challenge of the trail and the steepness of the grade results in very strenuous hiking. Hikes of this difficulty blur the lines between "hiking" and "climbing".

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

July, August, September

Features

  • Alpine
  • Summit Hike

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