The Tooth & Snoqualmie Pass Alpine Rock Climbs
A classic climb on solid rock
First climbed in 1916, The Tooth is one of the most popular alpine rock climbs in Washington. The Tooth offers many options, including the popular South Face at 5.4, the steep East Face at 5.7, and exposed scrambling on the West Face. The Tooth is the perfect one-day alpine outing for the beginner to intermediate climber. Located just a little more than an hour from Seattle, this is a convenient one-day must-do for any climber.
Also in the area are other accessible peaks that make great one day climbs from Seattle and include Guye Peak, Chair Peak, and Mount Thompson.
These climbs are all done on a custom basis.
This is an advanced beginner climb and no experience is required. It is recommended that you have some camping and hiking experience prior to this trip. Our highly motivated and experienced guides are committed to making your mountaineering trip a rewarding and educational experience.
This trip involves the following:
- Backpacking with loads of 40 – 50 lbs
- Overnight camping on the mountain
- Basic snow and glacier climbing
- Climbers should be in good physical condition
The Fab Four in the Snoqualmie Pass Area
- Guye Peak:The Improbable Traverse Grade III 5.8
- Chair Peak: Exposed 4th class climbing (perfect for your first alpine rock adventure)
- Mount Thompson: Classic 5.6 in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
- The Tooth: Popular first-time alpine rock ascent
Alpine Climbing Grades
Grade I: Normally requires several hours; can be of any difficulty
Grade II: Requires half a day; any technical difficulty
Grade III: Requires a day to do the technical portion; any technical difficulty
Grade IV: Requires a full day for the technical portion; the hardest pitch is usually no less than 5.7 (in the YDS rating)
Grade V: Requires a day and a half; the hardest pitch is usually 5.8 or harder
Grade VI: A multi-day excursion with difficult free climbing and/or aid climbing
Simple — these peaks are only an hour drive from Seattle. Get your climb done and you can head to the big city for some culture and great eats to round out the day.
from $325 – 1 Day
- 1:1 - $500 per person
- 2:1 - $325 per person
- Group climbing equipment
- Guide services
Price Does Not Include
- Transportation — Clients will be responsible for their own and the guide’s(s’) transportation for the trip
- All additional fees — Camping, permit, parking, etc.
- Meals while on the mountain
- Hotel accommodations
- Restaurant meals
- All personal equipment
- Travel insurance with trip cancellation, medical and evacuation policy
- Guide gratuities
- Full payment at time of registration
- Can be paid by ACH or credit card
Climbs are Arranged on Custom Basis — Contact Us
Cancellation / Refund Policy
- MMI strongly recommends trip cancellation/interruption and evacuation insurance for all trips. Our insurance partner, Ripcord, offers comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancellation, as well as rescue/evacuation policies and can assist in answering any questions. In addition, Participant is expected to have sufficient medical insurance as prescribed by their country of origin. Participant understands that MMI does not include anytype of insurance with the cost of the trip.
- If you decide to cancel your trip or change your itinerary, MMI must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date written notice is received. If proper written cancellation notice is not received, amounts paid and reservations made will be forfeited.
- Non-refundable fees may apply for certain trips in order to secure permits and other services. MMI must strictly adhere to cancellation policies outside MMI’s control.
- Due to the personalized service we offer on our trips, MMI reserves the right to waive any fees. We will attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations, waiving certain fees when feasible.
- Circumstances outside the control of MMI and its partners, may require amended cancellation/refund policies. Such circumstances may include, but are not limited to COVID-19, natural disasters, terrorism and so forth.
- Full refund, less the non-refundable registration fee, will be provided 91 days or more before the departure date
- No refunds will be provided 90 days or less before the departure date
We strongly recommend the purchase of travel cancellation insurance to protect you from the unexpected. You aren’t likely to think of it now, but people do get ill, break a bone, have a family emergency or get assigned to a last-minute business trip. If you are in remote areas, please note that emergency rescue & evacuation can be very expensive.
We also strongly urge you to consider rescue and evacuation insurance if your own policy does not provide the coverage needed. Services available may include, but are not limited to, helicopter evacuation, medical care, etc.
If you choose not to purchase insurance, you assume full responsibility for any expenses incurred in the event of a medical emergency and/or evacuation, as well as for trip cancellation, interruption, lost luggage, etc. We are not the experts and therefore ask that you please consult our travel insurance partner directly with any specific questions.
To protect against losses due to illness, accident, or other unforeseen circumstances, Mountain Madness strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance as soon as possible after making a deposit. Mountain Madness has partnered with Redpoint Resolutions as our preferred travel insurance provider. Redpoint’s Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ is designed for adventurers.
For a quote, or to purchase travel insurance, please click this link Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ or call +1 – 415-481‑0600. Pricing varies based on age, trip cost, trip length, and level of coverage.
Critical benefits of Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance include:
- A completely integrated program with a single point of contact for emergency services, travel assistance, and insurance claims
- Evacuation and rescue services from your point of injury or illness to your hospital of choice
- Comprehensive travel insurance for trip cancellation/interruption, primary medical expense coverage, baggage loss or delay, emergency accident and emergency sickness medical expense, emergency dental, accidental death and dismemberment, and more
- Optional security evacuation coverage in case of an unplanned natural disaster or other security events
- Waiver for pre-existing conditions (must be purchased within 14 days of tour deposit)
- Optional “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage (must be purchased within 14 days of tour deposit)
Equipment for The Tooth & Snoqualmie Pass Alpine Rock Climbs
day pack size (25-35L)
Rock climbing harness
comfortable and padded
Petzl Adjama, Black Diamond Momentum
Black Diamond Half Dome, Petzl Elios
Locking carabiners (2)
Two large, pear-shaped carabiners are best
Black Diamond Rock Lock, Petzl William, Petzl Attache
Non-locking carabiners (2)
2 non-locking carabiners. wired straight-gates are recommended
Black Diamond HotWire
Belay device (plaquette)
Black Diamond ATC Guide, Petzl Reverso
30’ of perlon accessory cord (7mm)
30 feet of 6mm cord
Double length nylon runner (48" or 120cm)
be sure to get nylon not dyneema (18mm width)
Black Diamond Nylon Slings
Chalk bag (optional)
optional but nice for rock climbs when the temps are warm
Crampons w/ anti-balling plate (early season - contact for details)
Steel 12-pont. Must be fit to climbing boots prior to trip, new-matic/hybrid type
Black Diamond Sabretooth, Petzl Vasak
Mountaineering ice axe (early season - contact for details)
under 5’7” use 60cm, 5’7”-6’2” use 60 or 65cm, over 6’2” use 70cm
Black Diamond Raven, Petzl Glacier
Adjustable trekking poles
Three piece poles recommended
Black Diamond Trail Back Pole
Head and Face
Fleece or wool hat
It must cover the ears
Shade hat or baseball cap
A visor hat with a good brim is essential for protection from the sun
Mountain Madness trucker hat
Essential eye protection whether in the tropics or by the water. Look for 100% UVA/UVB protection. Consider bringing a spare pair
Light weight work gloves
lightweight gloves with leather palm for rope work
Black Diamond Transition Glove
Liner socks (optional)
1-pair lightweight and thin
polypropylene or wool
Syntheric or wool socks
check boot fir to make sure they work together
Lightweight mountaineering boot (early season - contact for details)
waterproof and crampon compatible (recommended July-October)
La Sportiva Trango Tower GTX, Scarpa Charmoz, Salewa Crow GTX
Light hiking boots or trail shoes
For acclimatization hikes
Salomon X-Ultra 3 Mid, Merrell Moab, La Sportiva Boulder Ex
comfortable enough for all-day use
La Sportiva Mythos, Scarpa Helix
- 1:1 - $500 per person
- 2:1 - $325 per person
The Tooth: 5,604 ft / 1708 m
South Face II 5.4: one of the most popular routes in Washington
East Face II 5.7: Steeper climbing with many variations
West Face: Moderate 5th class and exposed scrambling.
Climbers should have basic snow and ice-climbing skills and should be comfortable with glacier travel, which includes moving in a rope team, self arrest, and basic crevasse rescue. Basic knowledge and experience would be required for objectives with some rock climbing.