What Is a Wahatis Peak / 瓦哈提斯峯是啥峯

I found Wahatis Peak while looking for a new hike near White Bluffs. It’s another high point in the Saddle Mountains. In the past, the pups and I have also visited Sentinel Mountain in the same range.

Wahatis Peak miles ahead
Wahatis Peak miles ahead

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Wahatis Peak at a Glance

Access: Saddle Mountain Lookout Road
Round Trip: 8.3 miles
Elevation Range: 1900′-2692′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Another Rainy Weekend

I wanted to avoid the rainy weather in the mountains. So the pup and I went out east. But even the ordinarily dry part of the state couldn’t escape the 50% chance of rainfall.

So we left home at the crack of dawn. The goal was to start super early. So we could avoid the post 11 AM showers. The last-minute find meant we didn’t need to drive as far.

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Up to Saddle Crest

I enjoy seeing the ever-changing landscape from the car. Driving across the mighty Columbia River has always made me appreciate life in the state. It was a beautiful drive through Mattawa and Beverly.

Later we went onto the Saddle Mountain Lookout Road. A four-mile drive on the worsening pavement took us up on the ridge crest. Then we drove west on a spur road for another half a mile. Soon, we were at the first open gate.

The open gate
The open gate

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Windy Ridge Traverse to Wahatis Peak

The gate had come off the broken hinge for some time. But we parked by the entrance and hiked from there to get in our exercise for the day. As luck would have it, it drizzled as we started walking. So much for trying to beat the rain!

There were lots of bumps along the ridge. But I wanted to be on the crest for the scenery. Though, the southeast wind made it difficult to enjoy the views. So we ended up walking on the road. Sometimes we would traverse the gentle northern slopes to rid the boredom.

Bumps on the ridge
Bumps on the ridge

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Wahatis Peak with a Radio Facility

It drizzled up until the moment we reached the second open gate past the first tower. A high-clearance vehicle could go right up to the top. But the leftover snow by the entrance would likely pose issues. The real summit wasn’t by the towers. It’s on a taller bump to the east.

A cemented sign among the summit rocks read: “Farmboy Racing.”. Not sure what that meant. A beer bottle half-planted in the cement sat next to the signage. It was perhaps my first time seeing that many towers on a peak. We stayed on the north side of the rocks the entire time to avoid the wind.

Southern panoramic view
Southern panoramic view

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Partly Sunny Outro

The summit views comprised parts of the Columbia River near White Bluffs. It was mostly hazy and drizzly in the late morning. But glad the rain never materialized! Through heavy clouds, the sun later made a cameo as we hiked back to the car.

Now it’s time for the long drive back home.

Thanks for a rain-free afternoon
Thanks for a rain-free afternoon

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  1. Norm Haynes

    Saddle Mt Ridge near Mattawa. Another fantastic Paragliding sight. Giant sandy landing zone by Crab Creek. Watch out for Rattlesnakes and low flying military aircraft barely clearing the ridge! Never heard of Wahatis Peak.

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