Glacier Peak

Darrington, Washington 98241

Glacier Peak

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Glacier Peak is a cinder cone, much younger than the plateau upon which it stands. It has been quite active since the end of the most recent ice age, with numerous eruptions, pyroclastic flows, and mudflows. The crater is obscured by products of erosion and filled with snow and ice. The southwestern part of an older crater with an eroded rim is the true summit. Due to Glacier Peak’s northern latitude and high snowfall, glaciers cover all but its southern slope. These ice rivers show great diversity, as some have advanced while others have retreated in recent years. The major central glaciers are the Chocolate, Scimitar, and Sitkum. The peripheral glaciers are the Suiattle and White Chuck, which is the largest of the Glacier Peak system."

Glacier Peak Trip Reports

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About 30 miles of the PCT are impacted by 10/2003 flood damage. EVERY trail bridge between Red Pass and Miners Creek was washed out. This includes major bridges over the Upper White Chuck River and the Suiattle River. These rivers are NOT fordable by hikers or stock. Great climb when the west side roads and trails are accessible. I have not climbed from the east which I believe is a much longer approach.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 – 3 days
Glacier Peak Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS: Mt. Pugh, Lime Mountain, Glacier Peak West, Glacier Peak East
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