Mt Shuksan

Glacier, Washington 98244

Mt Shuksan

Mt. Shuksan Professional Review and Guide

"Mt. Shuksan is considered by many to be the most beautiful and picturesque mountain in the Cascade Range. Arêtes and chaotic hanging glaciers coexist with immense snowfields that blanket the slopes leading up to the famed summit pyramid. In just 3 miles, the northern face drops almost 8000 feet to the North Fork Nooksack River. Additionally, Mt. Shuksan is the only nonvolcanic peak in Washington whose summit rises more than 3000 feet above treeline. On the broad southern flank lies the Sulphide Glacier, the largest ice mass on the peak. The Curtis Glacier graces the western face while the Price Glacier on the northeast flank is the steepest, with a huge icefall. The satellite peaks of Nooksack Tower, Jagged Ridge, and Cloudcap Peak are impressive, though not highly prominent amid the surrounding terrain."

More Mt. Shuksan Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Mount Shuksan tour has, for some skiers, an aspect of pilgrimage. Barely visible from most lowland vantages (it can be seen from high places in Seattle), the mountain only reveals itself as you approach it more closely.

Once on its icy south flank, you'll wonder how you ever got there, and how you’ll ever get back. The mountain lies within the North Cascades National Park. No pets are allowed. This is a popular tour. Difficulties: High avalanche potential; glacier travel; permit / fee area."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 days
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and North Cascades National Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Mt. Shuksan
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