West Peak is located centrally in Olympic National Park, at the head of Enchanted Valley, west of Mount Anderson and east of Crystal Peak. West Peak is the highest point on the Anderson massif. (See also Mount Anderson). Legend is that West Peak is not named for its relative position to Mount Anderson, but rather for a Mr. West who was a member of the 1890's O'Neil Expedition.* West Peak is the hydrographic apex of the Olympic Peninsula as water from the Anderson massif drains into the Pacific Ocean, the Hood Canal, and into the Straight of Juan de Fuca. There is a hanging glacier on its south side, and the Eel Glacier resides on the northeast side.
A climb of West Peak involves a backpacking approach to Anderson Pass via either the West Fork of the Dosewallips River trail (12 miles), the East Fork of the Quinault River trail (18 miles), or from the Duckabush River trail (23 miles). From Anderson Pass, follow a path north uphill to the Anderson Glacier moraine. Ascend the glacier to Flypaper Pass, then descend onto the Eel Glacier to climb to the summit of West Peak. Best time to climb is in the spring or early summer. Ice axe and crampons are essential gear.
Refer to "Olympic Mountains: A Climbing Guide by Olympic Mountain Rescue" for information on established climbing routes.
Prominence: 1965 feet.
*Gods and Goblins by Smitty Parratt
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1930|
|First successful climber(s):||E.B. Hamilton|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
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