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A stunning hike through the Enchantments outside of Leavenworth.
- 29 km
- 1.6 km
- 2.2 km
An epic hike, with some sections of scrambling, to the top of Cashmere Mountain.
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.
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".