Yellowjacket Tower

Go up Icicle creek a couple of miles until you see a bridge on the left hand side of the road. The peak is on the south side of the valley and directly above you. The bridge is obvious because it has a gate and has "No trespassing" signs all over it. If you go about 1 or 2 more miles up Icicle creek and look back onto the south side of the valley you will see the objective. Walk across the bridge and head directly up to what looks like a rock face directly above you with about 2 hours of cross country work mainly working you way up to one of two little gullies on the east side. These gullies looked like minor 5th class climbing to us. The final pitch is done on the east side. You get some awesome views of the The Hook, the Blockhouse, The Mole, and the Duolith.... We did not do the standard route. Instead we chose a 5.7 crack to the left of the standard routes. We did the peak in three pitches, but you could definitely get away with two. There are two solid bolts at the top. 1 50 meter rope will do you fine. High clouds were evident when we arrived, but by 1:30 it was totally sunny! Very windy but warm. Going cross country was a cinch on the east side... It was a glorious day!

Elevation (feet): 4,500
Elevation (meters): 1,372
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 47.535139
Longitude: -120.7476
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Feb, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Year first climbed: 1948
First successful climber(s): Pete Schoenig, Fred Beckey, Herb Staley
Nearest major airport: Seattle
Convenient Center: Leavenworth

Thanks to Stefan Feller for adding this peak.

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