2 miles
2,701 ft
4,957 ft
High Point

Putrid Pete's Peak Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T4 Alpine Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Season
    June - Snow
  • eBike Allowed

Note: this is an unofficial, unmaintained trail, vague at times especially above tree line. The peak to which this trail leads was named after Pete Schoening, a mountaineer best known for saving his team on K2 with his belay.

Hike the Ira Spring trail for to the first switchback, then continue straight west on an small unmarked footpath. This is a trail that switchbacks through dark woods until it approaches a stream at around 3400 feet, a little over 2 miles from the trailhead. On the way up avoid two trails that continue west, one of which goes to Dirty Harry's Balcony. When in doubt, follow the trail that goes up

From the stream a mountaineer's way trail switchbacks up a steepening slope until it emerges in a scree. Now the path becomes considerably steeper and harder to find. It eventually becomes a scramble, and the path is faint and disappears altogether in places. Keep going though, and you will reach a minor peak on the ridge between Mount Defiance and Webb Mountain (aka West Defiance) with great views. This is a very steep and open south-facing slope.

The optional summit of Webb is a few hundred yards west - traverse on the south side of the ridge. On the way down, at around 4600 feet below a stretch of talus, bear right where the ridge splits.

Access Info

From I-90 east, take exit 45 to Forest Road 6031 and drive to the Ira Spring Trailhead. Be aware that this is a very popular trailhead and can be very crowded in the summer and on weekends.

This trail is unsanctioned, use at your own risk!


Northwest Forest Pass

More Stats for Putrid Pete's Peak hike trail
  • Altitude change
    2,701 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,255 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,255 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,957 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
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