Hike of the Week | Tiffany Mountain
TIFFANY MOUNTAIN Trail
At 8242' elevation with a gain of 1740', Tiffany mountain is one of the highest summits in the Cascades accessible to the average hiker. The drive is sometimes arduous, but the mountain's location, near the geographic center of Okanogan County, provides an unmatched perspective on this region's broad diversity of flora, fauna, and topography.
Begin on trail #345 heading up Freezeout Ridge through heavily forested terrain for approximately1.5 miles to a point where the trees give way to lush meadow-lands filled with wildflowers, grasses and wind-stunted trees. At 2.5 miles, turn left and follow a light tread for 0.5 miles to reach the rocky, and frequently breezy, summit. The panorama is a stunning one. To the north, look for the snow-capped peaks of British Columbia hovering over the more rounded summits of the Pasayten Wilderness. To the west the North Cascades form a sawtooth silhouette along the horizon while to the east the forested curve of the Okanogan Highlands gives way to the sprawling Columbia Plateau.
Haven’t had enough? Then up the challenge by adding Rock Mountain and Middle Tiffany via Honeymoon Pass. This hike can also be started from Tiffany Springs campground and then hike from the north via Tiffany Lake.
The easiest approach is to drive 6.5 miles north out of Winthrop on the East Chewuch Road where you will then bear right on FS Road 37 for 7.5 miles to where the pavement ends. Bear right again and after another 6 miles turn left at the road junction onto FS Road 39. 3.2 miles of rough road will take you to Freezeout Pass (note the cattle guard) where you will find limited parking and the trailhead on your right.
Northwest Forest Pass