Birkhouse Moor has an elevation of 718 m (2,356 ft), with a prominence of around 20 m (66 ft). It is an outlier of Helvellyn, a continuation of the Striding Edge ridge, and is listed in its own right as a Wainwright and a Nuttall. Most walkers ascend this summit while making for Striding Edge from Glenridding, a route which follows a wall that crosses the highest point of the fell. This is regarded as the true top. The north top is a little way away at the point where The Nab meets the north ridge. There is a cairn here and an appealing view to the north.