Sholes Glacier

Glacier, Washington

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In late season good weather, Sholes Glacier offers the quintessential summer tour: warm temperatures, green heather benches, sprays of alpine flowers, mountain goats, and great corn-snow skiing. This adventure carries you to a seldom-visited side of Mount Baker. Sholes Glacier can be considered a logical extension of the Coleman Pinnacle tour, but is included here as a distinct tour because of its different objective, range, and season. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; glacier travel (optional); routefinding required; permit / fee area; snowboarders must climb up to get out.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

In late season good weather, Sholes Glacier offers the quintessential summer tour: warm temperatures, green heather benches, sprays of alpine flowers, mountain goats, and great corn-snow skiing. This adventure carries you to a seldom-visited side of Mount Baker.

Sholes Glacier can be considered a logical extension of the Coleman Pinnacle tour, but is included here as a distinct tour because of its different objective, range, and season. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; glacier travel (optional); routefinding required; permit / fee area; snowboarders must climb up to get out.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6-10 hours
Season: Best April to June
Trailhead Elevation: 5,068 feet
Top Elevation: 6,161 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 14 Mount Shuksan and No. 13 Mount Baker
Driving Directions: Directions to Sholes Glacier

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