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Winchester Mountain

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1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,272' 388 m
Descent: -42' -13 m
High: 6,448' 1,965 m
Low: 5,183' 1,580 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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If you are looking for a steeper climb with excellent views of Canada, Mt Baker, Twin Lakes, and more, this is the hike for you.

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail, during the snow free season (Late Jul-mid Sep) is good for adventurous families.

Description

This trail starts at the parking lot at Twin Lakes. Follow the signs that will point you up the steep trail. This trail consist of a couple dozen switchbacks, and is easy to find during snow free times. When there is snow, that is a different story. You need to use a GPS and have had experience in route finding. You will also need to bring crampons and ice axes. You basically follow the snow field up across the switchbacks about a thousand feet. After that follow the trail as best as possible. You may have to hike above the trail due to steep snow fields. Remember: each season will be different, so there is no definitive way to climb this mountain during the snowy season.

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Jul 29, 2019
Tony Redford
No snow on trail, nice grade and trail in great shape. Had the summit to ourselves for half an hour. Nice to have some summer days with no smoke! 3.5mi — 2h 20m
Aug 5, 2018
Keenan Brookman
Jul 17, 2018
Dawn Hardman
Jul 9, 2018
Isaac Bozeman
Sep 15, 2016
Kevin Thompson
Jul 30, 2016
Jason Yuly
Awesome 360 degree views from the lookout at the top
Jun 9, 2015
Katherine Smith

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Our camp about 500 feet from the summit.
Jul 23, 2018 near Peacefu…, WA
The view from the top.
Jul 23, 2018 near Peacefu…, WA
Looking over at the American Border Peak.
Jul 23, 2018 near Peacefu…, WA
Eating dinner on the mountain.
Jul 23, 2018 near Peacefu…, WA
Starting our trek to the summit.
Jul 23, 2018 near Peacefu…, WA
The shadow cast by the sun is something stunning.
Jul 23, 2018 near Peacefu…, WA

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