Sahale Peak Sahale Glacier

Marblemount, Washington

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Sahale Peak (officially Sahale Mountain but climbers know it as Sahale Peak) is the sharply pointed peak rising immediately north of Cascade Pass. It is an attractive peak, accessible and relatively simple to climb with remarkable panoramic views. The summit is a sharp rock peak. Sahale is a popular climb, largely because of its relatively easy access compared to other summits around Cascade Pass, and also because of its central location and views. From the summit, you get a grand view of the Cascade Pass peaks—Johannesburg Mountain, Cascade Peak, the Triplets, Mix-up Peak, Magic Mountain, Pelton Peak, Buckner Mountain, Boston Peak, Forbidden Peak, Eldorado Peak, and Hidden Lake Peak. The many summits in the near and far distance include Snowking Mountain, Mount Logan, Goode Mountain, MacGregor Mountain, Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, Mount Rainier, Glacier Peak, the Monte Cristo peaks, and an incredible view down the Stehekin River Valley all the way to the northern tip of Lake Chelan.
Climbing Washington's Mountains

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Climbing Washington's Mountains

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

Sahale Peak (officially Sahale Mountain but climbers know it as Sahale Peak) is the sharply pointed peak rising immediately north of Cascade Pass. It is an attractive peak, accessible and relatively simple to climb with remarkable panoramic views. The summit is a sharp rock peak. Sahale is a popular climb, largely because of its relatively easy access compared to other summits around Cascade Pass, and also because of its central location and views.

From the summit, you get a grand view of the Cascade Pass peaks—Johannesburg Mountain, Cascade Peak, the Triplets, Mix-up Peak, Magic Mountain, Pelton Peak, Buckner Mountain, Boston Peak, Forbidden Peak, Eldorado Peak, and Hidden Lake Peak. The many summits in the near and far distance include Snowking Mountain, Mount Logan, Goode Mountain, MacGregor Mountain, Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, Mount Rainier, Glacier Peak, the Monte Cristo peaks, and an incredible view down the Stehekin River Valley all the way to the northern tip of Lake Chelan.

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Marblemount
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 5,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5 to 7 hours trailhead to summit
Class: Class 4
Local Maps: USGS Cascade Pass; Green Trails # 80 (Cascade Pass)
Grade: Grade I
Driving Directions: Directions to Sahale Peak: Sahale Glacier

Recent Trail Reviews

9/3/2010
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This trip was highly recommended. I am a beginning mountaineer, and I have to say that this is the trip you want to take all of your other beginner friends on. It was a perfect mix of skills development (my first time on a glacier), difficulty (not too challenging, but if you move too fast you will make life hard on yourself later), and perfect views of the northern cascades once you make it to the top. A great "trophy" of sorts that you will never forget. Absolutely spectacular.... Got to the trail head late...missed that precious "Alpine Start". The first few miles are a little rough with all of the switchbacks, but there are times that there are breaks in the trees and you are motivated by more and more awesome views of the valley below. Once you get going around the pass and up the ridgeline to the peak, you just want to keep moving. If you have some form of water purification with you, don't worry about drinking all of your water...there are plenty of places to fill up so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Once you get onto the glacier on the final run to the peak, the motivation spikes. For a beginner like me, it's not too hard to pretend that you are on some Himilayan glacier on your way to the summit of Everest (I said "beginner" and "pretend"...haha) and the view you have at the summit will be one of the most memorable times of your entire life!



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May 2018