Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
North Early Winter Spire

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Early Winter Couloir T 
Labor Pains T 
Northwest Corner (a.k.a. Boving-Pollack Route) T 
West Face, The T 
Unsorted Routes:

North Early Winter Spire Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 7,760'
Location: 48.51291, -120.65557 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 36,523
Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Lizzy Trower on Jan 30, 2006
This Afternoon

18° | 9°

22° | 9°
Thanksgiving Day

21° | 14°

27° | 13°

27° | 12°

27° | 15°
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [1 person likes this page.]


Nearly as impressive as its neighbor, the North Early Winter Spire tends to be less popular because it has no easy way up or down. Nevertheless, it has many excellent routes and the summit view is great. The quality of the granite is very good.

Getting There 

Most of the routes on North Early Winter are on the west side, so approaching via the Blue Lake Trail is best. The approach will take most parties 1-2 hours. The descent route scrambles down south and west of the summit, then takes several rappels down to the Southwest Coulour between North and South Early Winter, from which some scrambling and one more short rappel bring you back to the ground.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.6 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in North Early Winter Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Early Winter Spire:
Northwest Corner (a.k.a. Boving-Pollack Route)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   
The West Face   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in North Early Winter Spire

Featured Route For North Early Winter Spire
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down on the crux pitch.

The West Face 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  WA : Northwest Region : ... : North Early Winter Spire
This and the neighboring Northwest Corner Route are two of the finest alpine rock climbs I have had the pleasure to yet accomplish. Great movement, committing moves, huge exposure, beautiful position: some of the best climbs in the Washington Pass area.The West Face shares its first pitch with the Northwest Corner, a somewhat dirty face up to a chimney with trees above (5.8). From here, move the belay up 3rd class terrain to a huge sandy ledge at the base of a large corner, the base of the sec...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

Photos of North Early Winter Spire Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Early Winter Spires. Photo by Blitzo.
Early Winter Spires. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: NEWS on the left, SEWS on the R.  Viewed from the ...
BETA PHOTO: NEWS on the left, SEWS on the R. Viewed from the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rapping from the massive chockstone at the bottom ...
Rapping from the massive chockstone at the bottom ...

Comments on North Early Winter Spire Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!