Fifes Peaks

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Fifes Peaks are three eroded volcanic remnants of a large low-profile caldera that exploded 25 million years ago. The peaks are composed of columnar andesite lava. The highest of the three peaks is the west peak at 6880+ feet elevation, and is the easiest to scramble to the summit. The middle, or central, peak is 6793 feet. The smallest is the east peak at 6375 feet, but is the most difficult climb. The Fifes Peaks are located in the Norse Peak Wilderness, east of Chinook Pass on the north side of Highway 410 (Mather Memorial Highway). There is a pullout on the highway from which to view the peak. As the peaks are on the dry side of the Cascade crest, they are snow-free early in the season and make an attractive spring climbing objective.

The Fifes Peaks are named for Thomas Fife, a 19th-century homesteader and miner. The Fife brothers: Tom, Joseph, Robert, and their father John, emigrants from Fifeshire Scotland, are credited with finding the first nearby quartz gold mine during 1888. The mine is in the Gold Hill area near Chinook Pass. Tom homesteaded at Goose Prairie, near Bumping Lake. Camp Fife, the Boy Scout Camp at Goose Prairie, is named for Tom Fife as he willed the land to the Boy Scouts.

Prominence: 440 feet

Elevation (feet): 6,880
Elevation (meters): 2,097
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 46.974476
Longitude: -121.328783
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Volcanic status: Extinct
Most recent eruption: 25 million years ago
Nearest major airport: Seattle-Tacoma, or Yakima
Convenient Center: Enumclaw, Yakima

Thanks to theyogiclimber for adding this peak.

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