Merchant Peak

Elevation (feet): 6,113
Elevation (meters): 1,863
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 47.8013
Longitude: -121.4318
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Seattle-Tacoma
Convenient Center: Index

Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.

Merchant Peak is situated high above the South Fork Skykomish River valley east of the town of Index, Washington. Merchant Peak can be seen from Highway 2 as one travels east en route to Stevens Pass. The mountain has two summits with the lower East Peak (5831 feet) being the one labeled as the summit on maps. Both summits can be reached via scramble routes, but the craggy West Peak is the true summit. Merchant Peaks neighbors include a group of rugged peaks including Gunn Peak, Mt. Index, and Mount Baring. The standard approach is made via the Barclay Creek Road (Forest Service Road 6024) and a route which gains 4000 feet of elevation from the Barclay Lake Trail. Merchant Peak is located in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The peak is named for Andrew Merchant, who with Col. Benjamin Townsend made many claims in the upper W fork of Trout Creek.* (Trout Creek being immediately north of the peak).

Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 2, or Jeff Smoot's Climbing Washington's Mountains for information on climbing routes on Merchant Peak.

*Fred Beckey

Thanks to Ronald James for this description.