Glacier Peak

Darrington, Washington

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A spring ski ascent of Glacier Peak, although properly in a wilderness area, can hardly be thought of as a “wilderness experience.” The number of people entering this area increases every year. One recent Fourth of July saw over 50 skiers and climbers on the summit of the volcano. Such crowds may make it difficult to find campsites in Boulder Basin. Come early, or avoid high-use periods such as weekends and holidays. Be sure to bring a rope, ice axes, and crampons. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; glacier travel; permit/fee area.
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)

A spring ski ascent of Glacier Peak, although properly in a wilderness area, can hardly be thought of as a “wilderness experience.” The number of people entering this area increases every year. One recent Fourth of July saw over 50 skiers and climbers on the summit of the volcano.

Such crowds may make it difficult to find campsites in Boulder Basin. Come early, or avoid high-use periods such as weekends and holidays. Be sure to bring a rope, ice axes, and crampons. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; glacier travel; permit/fee area.

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

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Darrington
Distance: 24
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 16 hours
Season: Best May to June
Trailhead Elevation: 2,300 feet
Top Elevation: 10,541 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 111 Sloan Peak; No. 112 Glacier Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Glacier Peak

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