Mount Hardy is located in the beautiful parkland near Methow Pass. While not quite the caliber of National Park status, this area has a unique appeal of its own. Hardy shares company in this area with Golden Horn and Tower Mountain to the east. Mt Hardy and the Snowy Lakes are a beautiful destination best done in the fall when the Pacific Creast Trail trail is snow-free and the larch are golden. This backpacking trip is about 12 miles from the parking lot at Rainy Pass on the North Cascades Highway to Snowy Lakes which is fine basecamp. The Pacific Crest Trail starts at Rainy Pass (4860 ft) and switchbacks four miles up to Cutthroat Pass (6800 ft) where views to Silver Star Mountain and Vasiliki Ridge open up. After about a mile of meadows, the Pacific Crest Trail drops to Granite Pass, and traverses under Tower Mountain for about two miles to a wide meadow. Here locate an unmarked path that leads up to the Snowy Lakes which are set amid beautiful alpine scenery and larch trees. The lakes provide a photographic opportunty to capture the rugged granitic northeast face of Mount Hardy.
Note that the USGS map incorrectly labels Mt. Hardy as a point 7/10 of a mile NW of the actual mountain.
Refer to Selected Climbs in the Cascades Vol. 1, by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield for information about the Northeast Buttress - The Disappearing Floor route. This superb Grade IV; 5.10c route on high quality rock was virtually unknown until 2001.
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1933|
|First successful climber(s):||Sidney Schmerling, Hermann Ulrichs|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle -Tacoma|
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