A memorable road trip to Tyee Mountain in WA

Tyee Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.029m (6,656ft) above the sea level, located in Chelan County, in the U.S. state of Washington. The peak is most notable for the fire lookout atop its summit. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Washington.

Tyee Mountain

Set high in the Wenatchee National Forest, the road to the summit is totally unpaved and usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting). Starting from Ardenvoir, the road to the summit is 28.48km (17.7 miles) long. The last 4 miles of the road is extremely rough and a high-clearance 4WD vehicle is required. There are noteworthy views from the summit towards the lower valleys and nearby ridges.

The road is pretty steep, hitting a 12% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The elevation gain is 1.633 meters. Some ridge markers as well as a small communications structure are also found nearby on the summit ridge. A L-4 cab fire lookout was constructed at the summit during 1931. That structure was replaced by another L-4 cab during the 1950s.
Pic&video: Joshua Davis