Black Peak South Ridge and Northeast Ridge Routes

Sedro Woolley, Washington 98284

Black Peak South Ridge and Northeast Ridge Routes

Black Peak: South Ridge & Northeast Ridge Routes Professional Review and Guide

"Black Peak is a high, accessible mountain that seems overlooked when measured against the vigorous climbing and alpine environment it offers to climbers of all abilities. At nearly 9,000 feet, the distinctive black pyramid of Black Peak displays an imposing façade from the North Cascades Highway above Rainy Pass, its distinctive horizontal snow patch unmistakable even from a distance. With an outstanding alpine setting that affords exceptional views, and variable and often aesthetic climbing, Black Peak is a mountain that climbers will want to visit more than once.

This peak was destined to be popular. Once familiar with the approach and the routes, climbers will find Black Peak offers long, interesting, and strenuous routes with an exceptionally lengthy season. While it’s not generally thought of in terms of a recreational conditioning climb—such as Granite or Dickerman—its accessibility and lack of technical challenges mean it can be an enjoyable and realistic day-climbing alternative for fit parties who know the way. Those same factors also open up the potential for off-season climbs here."

More Black Peak: South Ridge & Northeast Ridge Routes Professional Reviews and Guides

"Black Peak is the highest summit in the vicinity of Rainy Pass. It is a big, accessible peak with a relatively easy approach and little routefinding or climbing difficulty, making it very popular, despite some poor quality rock.

Rising to nearly 9,000 feet near the center of the range, its summit provides outstanding views of the North Cascades, with especially good views of the north face of Goode Mountain to the south. It is feasible as a one-day climb, including driving to and from Seattle, although a majority of climbers make it an overnight climb with a camp at Wing Lake or at least a bivouac at the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) trailhead."

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Trail Information

Sedro Woolley
Nearby City
1-2 days; 2-4 hours from Wing Lake
Class 5.9 and above
April-October, depending on snow conditions
6,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,970 feet
Top Elevation
North Cascades National Park
Local Contacts
Grade II

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Nov 2018