Miles: 14 (approximately) round-trip
Permits: No permits required
Elevation Gain: Around 5000 ft
My Hiking Time: 7 hrs (failed to summit)
Needing to put summer school in the back of my mind for a day, I decided it was time for the season’s first scramble. After some searching to find something at low enough elevation to be snow free, I settled on North Twin Sister near Deming Washington.
The approach itself is something to be conquered. Nearly 6 miles of walking on logging roads and bush-whacking through thick brush, before finally reaching the terminus of the ridge where the fun begins. It is highly recommended (and fun) to bring a mountain bike for the journey out. The gravel road back to your car is nearly all downhill and having the bike saves your legs while allowing you to sit back and take in the view.
The scrambling route starts off as jumping over a few boulders but soon becomes a narrow ridge that must be worked around. However, there is an ample number of cairns lining the ridge line that can be easily followed. The scrambling itself is described as class three or four by many but I would say a few parts were class five (I got a little lost so maybe that’s why). There is some large exposure in areas, but with the ample hand holds available and the quality of the rock, none of it was too difficult to navigate. Basically what I saw of the ridge was a fun afternoon of scrambling for anyone with the determination to get there.
I have compiled a video (found below) that shows what some of the scrambling is like.
Admittedly I was unable to reach the top and so I feel like this post is incomplete. I will be making another attempt at this mountain again this summer and will update this post as soon as possible.
Driving Directions (Courtesy of Summitpost.com):
My name is Abrahm and I am a college student, and outdoor enthusiast . I spend much of my free time wandering through and photographing the great Pacific Northwest state of Washington.