Mount Pugh

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Mount Pugh
Mount Pugh.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 7,201 ft (2,195 m) [1]
Prominence 2,801 ft (854 m) [1]
Coordinates 48°08′35″N 121°22′28″W / 48.143144181°N 121.374459786°W / 48.143144181; -121.374459786Coordinates: 48°08′35″N 121°22′28″W / 48.143144181°N 121.374459786°W / 48.143144181; -121.374459786[2]
Location Snohomish County, Washington, U.S.
Parent range Cascade Range
Topo map USGS Pugh Mountain
First ascent 1916 by Nels Bruseth
Easiest route Scramble, class 2-3

Mount Pugh (or Pugh Mountain, or native name Da Klagwats) is a peak near the western edge of the North Cascades, in Washington state. It is located 12.2 miles (19.6 km) west of Glacier Peak, one of the Cascade stratovolcanoes. It rises out of the confluence of the White Chuck River (on the north) and the Sauk River (on the southwest), giving it very low footings. For example, it rises 6,150 feet (1,875 m) above the Sauk River Valley in just over 2 horizontal miles (3.2 km); its rise over the White Chuck River is almost as dramatic. The mountain is named for John Pugh, who settled nearby, in 1891.[3]

According to Fred Beckey, "Nels Bruseth apparently made the first ascent in 1916".[3] Earlier unrecorded ascents, including possibly much earlier Native American ascents, are possibilities, since the easiest ascent route is non-technical.

The trail to the summit easily negotiable most of the way but the last 1.5 miles (2.4 km) is along a razorback ridge with significant exposure.[4] This is the Northwest Ridge, Trail Number 644, which actually starts in the Sauk River Valley on the southwest side of the mountain. The total elevation gain is almost exactly one mile (5,280 ft or 1,609 m).


  1. ^ a b "Mount Pugh, Washington". Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  2. ^ "Pugh Mtn Lookout House". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  3. ^ a b Beckey, Fred W. (1996). Cascade Alpine Guide, Vol. 2, Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass (2rd[clarification needed] ed.). Mountaineers Books. p. 88. ISBN 0-89886-152-7. 
  4. ^ Romano, Craig (2008). Day hiking. North Cascades (1st ed.). Seattle: Mountaineers Books. p. 129. ISBN 1-59485-048-8. 

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