Buckner Mountain and Horseshoe Peak

Rockport, Washington

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Located at the eastern end of the enormous cirque that holds the Boston Glacier, Buckner Mountain stands less angular and ominous than many of the surrounding peaks but is still imposing and impressive. Its southwest peak is estimated to be just 2 feet higher than its northeast peak. The north face sports popular snow and ice routes, but the easiest way to the summit is from the southwest. For some climbers, steep snow in early summer or loose rock in late summer makes this section undesirable. Even so, the southwest face consists of scrambling and climbing that is within the ability of the basic-level climber (see definition on page 3). Ripsaw Ridge is the backbone of spires above Horseshoe Basin connecting Sahale Mountain to the summit of Buckner Mountain. Horseshoe Peak is the highest spire on the ridge.

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"Located at the eastern end of the enormous cirque that holds the Boston Glacier, Buckner Mountain stands less angular and ominous than many of the surrounding peaks but is still imposing and impressive. Its southwest peak is estimated to be just 2 feet higher than its northeast peak. The north face sports popular snow and ice routes, but the easiest way to the summit is from the southwest. For some climbers, steep snow in early summer or loose rock in late summer makes this section undesirable. Even so, the southwest face consists of scrambling and climbing that is within the ability of the basic-level climber (see definition on page 3). Ripsaw Ridge is the backbone of spires above Horseshoe Basin connecting Sahale Mountain to the summit of Buckner Mountain. Horseshoe Peak is the highest spire on the ridge."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Rockport
Distance: 20
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 days
Local Contacts: North Cascades National Park
Local Maps: USGS: Cascade Pass, Goode Mountain

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Jun 2018