Glacier Peak, Washington

Prominence: 7498 ft, 2285 m

Elevation: 10,520+ feet, 3206+ meters

True Isolation: 56.05 mi, 90.2 km
Elevation Info:Elevation range: 10,520 - 10,560 ft
    (40-foot closed contour)
NAVD88 Elevation: 10,525 ft / 3207 m
    (Range 10,525 - 10,565 ft)
Alternate Name(s)Dakobed
SubpeaksDisappointment Peak (9755 ft/2973 m)
Sitkum Spire (9355 ft/2851 m)
Kennedy Peak (8280 ft/2524 m)
Peak TypeVolcano
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)48° 6' 43'' N; 121° 6' 51'' W
48.111844, -121.11412 (Dec Deg)
640371E 5330451N Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionSnohomish (Highest Point)

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     Weather for Glacier Peak at Trip Report for Snohomish, WA by John Roper Trip Report for Snohomish, WA by Bob Packard Trip Report for Snohomish, WA by Charlie Winger

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Lists that contain Glacier Peak:
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #13)
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #144)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #13)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #140)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #132)
     Western USA Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #67)
     North America Peaks with 2000 meters of Prominence (Rank #54)
     Triple Crown CoHPs (Rank #7)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #13)
     Washington State Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #5)
     Apex (Toughest) CoHPs (Rank #12)
     Mazamas Sixteen Northwest Peaks Award (Rank #6)
     Mountaineers 6-Peak Pin (Rank #4)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #56)
     Mountaineers 5-Peak Pin (Rank #4)
     Cascade Volcanoes Peak Pin (Rank #7)
     Washington State Top 200 by Prominence (Rank #5)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #13)
     Washington State Wilderness High Points (Rank #4)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Climbing Washingtons Mountains (Smoot)
       Summit Routes: Washington's 100 Highest Peaks (Stephenson, Bongiovanni)
       Cascade Alpine Guide, Vol. 2 (Beckey)
       Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes (Smoot)
       Washington's Highest Mountains: Basic Alpine and Glacier Routes (Goldman)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1997-06-21 by Greg Slayden (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2003-06-06 by Greg Slayden (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2003-06-07 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2006-07-26 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2010-07-04 by Dennis Poulin (Unsuccessful)
     2010-08-11 by Rob Woodall
     2012-09-02 by Sean Albert
     2012-09-07 by Dennis Poulin (GPS Track)
     2013-07-06 by Noel Howe
     2013-07-26 by Mark Smith
     2013-07-26 by Austin D. Smith
     2013-08-18 by Tom Girard
     2014-08-02 by Evan Battaglia
     2014-08-08 by Pradeep Narayanashetty (GPS Track)
     2014-09-20 by Cory Sytsma
     2015-03-07 by Chad Straub (GPS Track)
     2015-06-13 by David Kruse
     2015-07-04 by Kristian Kalsing (GPS Track)
     2015-07-04 by Petro Ksondzyk (GPS Track)
     2015-07-16 by David Hart
     2015-08-23 by James Barlow (GPS Track)
     2016-04-02 by Eric Gilbertson
     2016-07-03 by Caleb Morris (Unsuccessful)
     2016-07-24 by Joanne Najdzin (GPS Track)

View ascents of peak by registered members (297 total)

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Glacier Peak is the fourth-highest major volcano of Washington State, one of the 10,000 foot giants that dominate the Cascade Range north of the Columbia. But unlike Rainier, Adams, and Baker, the snowy cone of Glacier Peak is hidden in the heart of the range, far from cities and roads. It can be picked out on the eastern skyline from the Seattle area if you know exactly where to look, but outside of the hiking/climbing community few are aware of this major summit just a little lower than much-better-known Mount Baker.

Ironically, Glacier Peak is not as glaciated as Rainier or Baker. Its location to the east gives it less precipitation, as well as long approach hikes.

Climbing Notes

In October, 2003 catastrophic floods washed out the White Chuck trail and road, closing what was once the most shortest and popular route to the summit. Until the road and trail are rebuilt, the easiest way to Glacier Peak is via the North Fork Sauk Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail at White Pass, then into White Chuck Basin leading to the south ridge of the peak. This is a three or four day expedition for most people.

Glenn Slayden toils up towards the summit pinnacles, anticipating a great ski run down from the summit (2003-06-06).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 7498 ft/2285 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 7538 ft/2297 m
  Line Parent: Little Tahoma
  Key Col: Snoqualmie Pass    3022 ft/921 m
Isolation56.05 mi/90.2 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Mount Baker  (NW)
Isolation Limit Point: 48° 46' 34'' N; 121° 48' 49'' W
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RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: North Cascades
Range5: Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area (Highest Point)
Range6: Glacier Peak Massif (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsSkagit
Puget Sound
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Wilderness/Special Area: Glacier Peak Wilderness Area (Highest Point)
Topo MapGlacier Peak East O48121a1 1:24,000
First AscentJune, 1897
Darcy Bard
A.H. Dubor
Thomas Gerdine
Sam Strom
Route #1 Snow Climb: Sitkum Glacier
Trailhead: White Chuck Road 2340 ft/713 m
Vertical Gain: 8180 ft/2493 m
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Map with way points (2014-08-08). Photo by Pradeep Narayanashetty.
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Elevation and distance plot (2014-08-08). Photo by Pradeep Narayanashetty.
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Map with way points (2014-08-08). Photo by Pradeep Narayanashetty.
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Route from camp at White Chuck Glacier Basin to Glacier Gap (2015-07-04). Photo by Kristian Kalsing.
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