Point 6,479 (Washington Cascades near Crystal; 6,479')

Point 6,479 is one of many unnamed summits on the ridges around Crystal. Thanks to the ski area the access is very easy, yet they provide a true backcountry experience and superb views.

Topo Map

Routes: N Ridge/N Bowl (moderate ski descent)

Point 6,479 from Bullion Basin in March

Date: March 19, 2006

Party: Paul and Dietrich Belitz

Route: N Ridge/N Bowl

Equipment: AT Skis

Time: Crystal - Saddle in NE Ridge 1 hr 45 mins

Comments: Perfect powder on north-facing slopes

Trip report:

The weather was finally supposed to improve, and Paul recommended the Crystal backcountry. We skinned from Crystal into Bullion Basin, and then up to the saddle between Bullion Basin and Union Creek Basin. The descent down into the latter was nice, but we triggered a few surface slides. After lunch in the basin we skinned back up, staying in the trees where possible, and then followed the ridge to the summit of Point 6,479. Mt. Rainier is an impressive sight from there, and the snow in the North Bowl was perfect. We did this run twice, and then skied back down to our car. It was a perfect day!

Photo Gallery:

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Skinning up the road from Crystal.

Climbing out of Bullion Basin.

Mt. Rainier becomes visible.

Paul ready to drop into Union Creek Basin.

Dietrich on the ridge.

Dietrich descending into Union Creek Basin.

In Union Creek Basin.

Point 6,479 from the ridge.

View of Crown Point from the ridge.

Paul and Dietrich on the summit.

Our tracks in the north bowl.