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Bend, OR: Mount Washington via Pacific Crest Trail

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Distance: 5.3 miles


This 10.6-mile out-and-back in the Cascade Range negotiates a variety of climbing routes to a crumbling volcanic summit (and a dizzying view).
  • Big Lake
  • Mountain Shadow
  • The Summit Block
  • Black Butte from the North Ridge
  • Cascade Peaks
  • North Ridge
  • North and Middle Sister
  • Summit view of the North Ridge

The challenging 5.3-mile climb to the top of 7,794-foot Mount Washington starts out gently with a flat and easy stretch along the Pacific Crest Trail. Warm up on an easy 3-mile stretch before turning left onto a climber's trail that veers to the southeast en route to the North Ridge. Although the path travels through the forest, keep an eye out for intermittent glimpses of Mount Washington's distinct summit through the gaps in the trees. Four miles into the hike, the first true views of Mount Washington appear to the southeast. Less than half a mile later, the trail crests the North Ridge and travels up the spine of the ridge to the summit block. Tackle a 1- to 3-pitch climb to reach the summit, and reward yourself with 360-degree views of the surrounding Cascades before starting the return trip to the trailhead.

Note: A climbing rope and a hard hat are recommended on this route.

-Mapped by Trung Q. Le

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