Big Horn, Washington

Prominence: 240 ft, 73 m

Elevation: 8000+ feet, 2438+ meters

True Isolation: 0.66 mi, 1.07 km
Elevation Info:Elevation range: 8000 - 8040 ft
    (40-foot closed contour)
NAVD88 Elevation: 8004 ft / 2439 m
    (Range 8004 - 8044 ft)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)46° 29' 33'' N, 121° 25' 23'' W
46.492564, -121.423053 (Dec Deg)
621018 E 5149985 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionLewis (Highest Point)

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Lists that contain Big Horn:
     High Points of Counties Crossed by the Pacific Crest Trail (Rank #39)
     Apex (Toughest) CoHPs (Rank #18)
     Top 10 County High Points Grid for U.S. States (Rank #122)
     Washington County High Points (Rank #9)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #243)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #263)
     Washington State Top 200 Peaks (Unranked)

Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 48
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 45)

Selected Trip Reports:
     2003-09-26 by Bob Bolton
     2007-07-01 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2008-09-13 by Dennis Poulin
     2010-08-19 by Charlie Winger
     2010-08-24 by Paul Michelson
     2011-07-20 by Hal Watrous
     2011-07-31 by Adam Walker
     2011-07-31 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2016-07-15 by Eric Geissinger
     2017-07-15 by Daniel Mick (GPS Track)
     2018-09-01 by Lou Hibbard
     2019-07-14 by Jake Robinson
     2020-08-07 by Jeremy Fuerst
     2020-08-08 by Jeremy Benezra
     2021-07-30 by Rikki-Rachelle Hinz (Unsuccessful)
     2022-07-09 by John DeWulf (GPS Track)
     2022-07-09 by Trevor King

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Big Horn is a sharp pinnacle of crumbling volcanic rock, highest in a set of rugged crags to the west of Mount Gilbert in the Goat Rocks. Gilbert, highest point in the area, is a relatively easy ascent, and normally only a few seriously masochistic hard-core climbers would venture out to a summit like Big Horn. But Gilbert sits east of the Cascade Crest that forms county lines in Washington, leaving this imposing crag the highest point in Lewis County. So a good portion of the interest in the unofficially named Big Horn is from peakbaggers after county high points.

Climbing Notes

This is a serious mountaineering objective. Before attempting Big Horn, you should have: experience with steep, very loose Class-3 rock; someone who can lead a short mid-fifth class crack; ability of all party members to climb that with a top-rope; comfort with very steep snowfields (unless you go in very late season, maybe); a small party size (4 or less) due to extreme rockfall danger; and the following gear: helmet, rope, harness, a few small cams or nuts, slings, ice axe, crampons.

No one who has ever done Big Horn wants to do it again. The short rock-climbing pitch gives this peak its notoriety, but Bob Packard is correct when he says the hundreds of vertical feet of terrible loose rock and/or steep snow are the real challenge. This peak definitely deserves its "Apex" rating as one of the toughest 20 county high points in the 48 states.

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This is a rather seldom seen angle on Big Horn. It was shot from the summit of Lakeview Mountain to the SE of the Goat Rocks. This angle shows the route all the way from the saddle at the far left edge to the summit. The infamous 10-foot crack is clearly visible just below the summit (2017-07-16). Photo by Bob Bolton.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 240 ft/73 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 320 ft/97 m
  Line Parent: Gilbert Peak
  Key Col: 7760 ft/2365 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 0.66 mi/1.07 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 46.4892, -121.41
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Gilbert Peak  (ESE)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: South Washington Cascades
Range5: Goat Rocks
Ridges/DividesWA-BC Cascade Crest
Drainage BasinsMajor Triple Divide Point
Pacific-Western USA
Pacific Ocean

Pacific-Western USA
Pacific Ocean
Pacific-Western USA
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Gifford Pinchot National Forest/Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Wilderness/Special Area: Goat Rocks Wilderness Area
Topo MapWalupt Lake O46121d4 1:24,000
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Jeremy Fuerst relaxes after a climb of the craggy pinnacle of Big Horn in Washington's Goat Rocks area (2020-08-07). Photo by Jeremy Fuerst.
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Jeremy Fuerst's weight-saving bivouac on his Big Horn climb (2020-08-08). Photo by Jeremy Fuerst.
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