From the south approach, you will eventually connect up to the east ridge and then switchback west to the skier’s summit just south of the main rocky summit at 6320 ft. There are spectacular views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier from this point.
Let’s explore several options for skiing down Naches Peak. They are all dependent on the snow and cornice stability so choose the ones that fit the conditions and the overall route you want to take. Because these runs are relatively short, expect to do several runs during the day.
The best runs are to the east and northeast. With stable conditions, skiers can drop into the bowl between the cornices along the east ridge for some superb descents. There are a number of slots to drop into the NE bowl depending on both your ability and the snow stability. The intermediate level descent into the basin is directly down the East Ridge, avoiding the cornices and the NE bowl, and then making a northerly turn to the skiers left once past the steepest part of the bowl.