Prusik Peak is a solid and clean granite tower located in the beautiful and popular Enchantments part of Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Its striking shape has landed it on the covers of many books and in many calendars since it is so photogenic. Due to the popularity of the Enchantments, a permit system was put in place to limit damage to the area, therefore climbing access is also limited due to this lottery permit system. There are several climbing routes on the South Face and the West Ridge ranging in class from 5.6 to 5.9. The Enchantments are situated east of the main Cascade crest so the weather is typically hotter and drier which leads to an earlier climbing season. The first ascent was made by the legendary Fred Beckey and companion Art Holben in May 1948. They named the peak for Dr. Karl Prusik because the climb utilized a prusik ascent of the summit horn.
Refer to Selected Climbs in the Cascades by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield for climbing route information.
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Year first climbed:||1948|
|First successful climber(s):||Fred Beckey and Art Holben|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|