South Early Winters Spire is the highest summit of the Liberty Bell Group. Just South of the 'North Spire', rock is excellent granite and there are routes on all sides. The South Arete, SW Couloir, and SW Rib are very popular. With an easy approach up the Blue Lake Trail, or from the hairpin turn on Hwy 20, SEWS features many very accessible routes.
Blue Lake Trail - ~1 hour of hiking on the trail leads to a meadow and opening on the NW side of the spire. Leave the maintained trail here, and head up and left on obvious climber paths. The SEWS is the rightmost of the obvious peaks.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Early Winters Spire:
South Arete 5.5 Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, Grade II
SW Rib 5.8 Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600 feet, Grade III
Direct East Buttress 5.11a Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, Grade III
The Passenger 5.11+ Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 900 feet, Grade III
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The Passenger 5.11+ WA : North Cascades : ... : South Early Winters Spire
The Passenger is one of the best rock climbs in the Cascades. It is a long grade III or short grade IV, usually done in 7-8 pitches on flawless rock.p1 -5.10D (160 feet)Double Cracks right from the ground. Climb toward a massive roof and go left under roof clipping one bolt. Crux moves come before and after the roof. Belay is bolted.P2. 5.11bish. 140'?Climb mellow cracks up the face above you to a roof. Roof has bolt on it. Pull roof through the right via strange flares and campus moves, hard to...[more] Browse More Classics in WA