Mount Shuksan, Washington

Prominence: 4411 ft, 1344 m

Elevation: 9131 feet, 2783 meters

True Isolation: 9.94 mi, 15.99 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 9135 ft / 2784 m
SubpeaksMount Shuksan - Sulphide Peak (7848 ft/2392 m)
Peak TypeFamous Peak, but not High Point
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)48° 49' 53'' N, 121° 36' 10'' W
48.831284, -121.602849 (Dec Deg)
602535 E 5409642 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionWhatcom

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Lists that contain Mount Shuksan:
     Mazamas Sixteen Northwest Peaks Award (Rank #12)
     Chemeketan Eighteen Northwest Peaks Award (Rank #14)
     Fred Beckey's Great Peaks of the Continent (Rank #27)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #96)
     Cascade Range 9000-foot Peaks (Rank #26)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #96)
     Smoot's "Climbing Washington's Mountains" 100 Peaks (Rank #10)
     Famous Peaks that are not High Points (Rank #5)
     Mountaineers Cascade Classic Peak Pin (Rank #5)
     Washington State Top 100 Peaks (Rank #13)
     Washington Bulger List (Rank #10)
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #96)
     Washington State Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #13)
     Mountaineers Baker's Dozen (Rank #2)
     Washington State Top 200 Peaks (Rank #13)
     Washington State Top 200 by Prominence (Rank #13)
     Washington State Peaks with 1000 feet of Prominence (Rank #13)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Climbing Washingtons Mountains (Smoot)
       Summit Routes: Washington's 100 Highest Peaks (Stephenson, Bongiovanni)
       Cascade Alpine Guide, Vol. 3 (Beckey)
       Washington's Highest Mountains: Basic Alpine and Glacier Routes (Goldman)

Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 942
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Selected Trip Reports:
     1979-08-12 by John Anholm
     2008-06-30 by Les Zollbrecht
     2013-08-03 by Wesley Witt (GPS Track)
     2014-06-08 by Jaime McCandless (GPS Track)
     2014-06-08 by Jason Curtis (GPS Track)
     2014-08-16 by James Barlow (GPS Track)
     2014-08-29 by Roger Bartlett (GPS Track)
     2015-02-21 by Eric Gilbertson
     2015-05-17 by Russell Bennett
     2015-06-14 by Chad Straub (GPS Track)
     2015-08-01 by Aaron Clark
     2017-07-10 by min ouyang (GPS Track)
     2017-07-16 by Karthik Krish (GPS Track)
     2017-08-12 by Joanne Najdzin (GPS Track)
     2017-08-13 by Ian Culhane
     2017-08-23 by Harvest Mondello
     2018-05-05 by Greg Slayden (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2018-05-05 by Eric Gilbertson
     2018-05-13 by Sean Caulfield (GPS Track)
     2018-06-17 by Nathan Smith (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2018-07-18 by Harvest Mondello
     2018-07-28 by Mark Smith
     2019-06-09 by Tom Mullen (Unsuccessful)
     2019-06-30 by Ryan Cairnes (GPS Track)
     2019-07-07 by Julia Syi
     2020-07-20 by Amrit Panda (GPS Track)
     2020-08-29 by Roger Soles
     2021-05-14 by Alden Ryno
     2021-06-23 by Jerrick Linde (GPS Track)
     2021-07-11 by Evan L
     2021-07-12 by Adam Hanson (GPS Track)
     2021-07-20 by Xiulan Hu (GPS Track)
     2021-07-25 by Andrew Yi
     2021-07-29 by Liana Robertshaw
     2021-08-21 by Nick Sterenberg (GPS Track)
     2022-07-09 by John Clouse (GPS Track)
     2022-07-23 by Claire Jaja (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2022-08-20 by Xander Culver (GPS Track)
     2022-08-28 by Nathan Strupp (GPS Track)
     2022-09-04 by Andrew Kehl
     2022-09-25 by Jeff Heidel (GPS Track)

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Mount Shuksan has become the iconic face of the rugged North Cascades of Washingon, with its picturesque north face a ubiquitous presence on calendars and souveniers. It is probably the most well-known of the non-volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range, a vivid reminder that the northern reaches of the range harbor more than giant snowy domes like nearby Mount Baker.

There are nine or ten non-volcanic peaks over 9,000 feet high in Washington (depending on how you count), and Shuksan lies about halfway down this list in both elevation and climbing challenge. Most of these peaks are not well-known to the general public because they lie far from roads, hidden in a giant thicket of high and craggy peaks. Shuksan, however, towers over the Mount Baker ski area and the end of the Mount Baker Highway , a commanding presence at one of the most popular high-country trailheads and recreation areas in the Cascades. Of the 9000ers, only Mount Stuart near I-90 approaches the visibility and fame of Mount Shuksan.

The mountain is a huge, sprawling mass of ridges, pinnacles, and glaciers, almost its own sub-range. Although the rugged northern side of the peak gives it its fame, the easiest route to the summit climbs the vast Sulphide Glacier from the south, starting a long, long way from the Mount Baker Highway. The Sulphide Glacier rolls right up to the 700-foot high jagged summit pyramid, an easy scramble on steep, loose rock. In early season, the Sulphide is a great ski run.

The easiest and most popular northern route is the Fisher Chimneys route, a devious path winding its way up the north and west slopes of the peak that can be a routefinding challenge but is mostly class 3 climbing or easier. Other routes can be very difficult, including serious ice climbing on the spectacular hanging glaciers that line the peaks frontage to the deep cirque of the Nooksack River.

Mount Shuksan's awesome north face with a coating of early season snow (2000-12-03).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 4411 ft/1344 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 4451 ft/1356 m
  Line Parent: Mount Baker
  Key Col: Austin Pass    4720 ft/1439 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 9.94 mi/15.99 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 48.7792, -121.8058
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Mount Baker  (WSW)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: North Cascades
Range5: Skagit Range
Range6: Baker-Shuksan Massif
Drainage BasinsSkagit
Puget Sound
Strait of Juan de Fuca
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: North Cascades National Park
Wilderness/Special Area: Stephen Mather Wilderness Area
Topo MapMount Shuksan O48121g5 1:24,000
First AscentSeptember 07, 1906
    Curtis, Asahel (United States)
    Price, W. Montelius (United States)
Route #1 Glacier Climb: Sulphide Glacier
Trailhead: FR 1152 2560 ft/780 m
Vertical Gain: 6571 ft/2003 m
Distance (one way): 6.5 mi/10.46 km
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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The classic picture-postcard view of Shuksan.
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Descending from the summit pyramid via the Sulphide Glacier route (2014-06-08). Photo by Jason Curtis.
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I had never heard of Cirque Tower before I saw it on However, there it is, the black tower just left of center in this photo taken from the Sulphide Glacier on Shuksan. The northern Pickets are in the distance on the right, with Jack at the far right (2010-07-19). Photo by Zak Griffith.
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Mt. Shuksan as viewed from the road near Lake Tyee, just a short drive outside of Concrete. The summit is about 8000 vertical feet above where I'm standing (2014-01-19). Photo by Zak Griffith.
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Base camp at 7565 feet on Sulphide Glacier looking toward Hourglass Peak and summit pyramid (2017-05-27).
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The foreshortened summit pinnacle of Mount Shuksan from the Sulphide Glacier in spring (2018-05-05).
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Our route up the Price Glacier. We bypassed the final shrund on the rock on the left (2020-07-25). Photo by Nick 🏞️.
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Mt Shuksan and Sulphide Glacier from high camp (2021-07-19). Photo by Rick Teudt.
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