A Long and strenuous trek through the North Cascades to one of Washington's 100 Highest summits. Other than the knife's edge scramble to the true summit the climb is fairly straightforward. However, the view is almost too much to take in.
The trick in climbing Columbia is not so much in the ascent as it is in getting there and timing it right. However, the views will not disappoint and since the peak is rarely climbed you will have an excellent chance at solitude.
It is hard to know where to start with this double summit. The elevation gain, a technical climb on a short glacier and some 3-4 class scrambling will all challenge throughout the day. Worth every step, but you will be craving some ice on your knees by the end of it.
A Long and fairly uninteresting walk for the majority of this peak. I didn't find the challenge all it was cracked up to be by some trip reports I had read. However, if you are just getting into backcountry travel and looking to gain experience with route finding and some minimal scrambling take it on. The view is outstanding.
Mount Pugh is a fun climb and is easy by most North Cascades Standards. Be wary of the scramble sections on the descent. It is easy to get off track and the huge number of cairns strewn about the peak don't make it any easier.
After Goat Flats the real fun begins. Scrambling up three fingers is steep, difficult and majestic. Spending a night in the lookout to catch the sunset is highly recommended. I would also recommended a bike, but tie them up because ours got stolen.