North side of Yakima Peak could be construed as a scramble or walk up. However, the South and East sides are much a different breed of horse. There is much difficult rock and overhanging faces and cracks. This I would estimate to be mid 5.12 rock. And if you have the chance to be up there just before or after Chinook Pass (Hwy 410) closes or opens for the season, the amount or ice and snow can take this 1000' vert climb to the limit. About the first 600-700 is the approach at around 40 degrees, then it gets serious. You will know you summited when you find the summit anchor and USGS Benchmark on top. On a clear day it is a beautiful climb, As you are situated directly (and I mean, DIRECTLY) above Lake Tipsoo. Don't let the firmness of my description sway those who just enjoy walking or scrambling as there is a walk path up the northside. Enjoy!
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|First successful climber(s):||Wayne Ashby/USGS|
|Nearest major airport:||SEA-TAC|
Thanks to Wayne Ashby for adding this peak.
There is one trip report for Yakima Peak.
- Log #20955 - by theyogiclimber on Aug 15, 2007From the north end of the parking lot at Chinook Pass, located a path that climbs through lovely wildflower meadows to a saddle immediately north of Yakima Peak. Then located a gully on the north...