Mount Shuksan/Sulphide Glacier


Basic Alpine Climb - Mount Shuksan/Sulphide Glacier

Climb Mt Shuksan via the Sulphide Glacier with an overnight camp.

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  • Sat, Jun 18, 2016 — Sun, Jun 19, 2016
  • Kitsap Branch Climbing Program
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,500 ft

Drive State Route 20 east from Interstate 5 at Burlington. Turn left on the Baker Lake-Grandy Lake road and drive 23 miles to just opposite Shannon Creek Campground. Turn left on road No. 1152 and drive 4.5 miles. Turn right on road (1152)014 and drive another 1.4 miles to the end of the road, 2,500 ft (762 m). Hike the trail on an old logging road bed to the end in a brush-covered clearcut. Hike the trail steeply up onto Shannon Ridge above into the virgin forest. Follow this trail in forest to the open ridge with views of Mt. Baker. Then hike the ridge to its end below a pass that leads onto the southern flank of Mt. Shuksan.



Route Description

From the pass "contour NNE on a talus [or snow] shelf between two cliff bands (keep close to base of upper cliff). Beyond the cliff the slope broadens and fans to the low-gradient terminus of Sulphide Glacier. Campsites before glacier; 3-4 hours (route has been cairned). Ascend the [glacier] which steepens at about 6400 ft. Above this rise, skirt crevasses on the left, as necessary, then aim toward the summit pyramid." From where the Hells Highway route achieves the Sulphide Glacier, just to the right of a rock pinnacle at about 7600 ft+, "travel NE across the firn to near its highest point at the center of the summit rock pyramid, which is 600 ft. high here...Here are a series of steep parallel rock gullies which lead to the summit (class 3)...the more central [gully] is standard. Note: Beware of party-inflicted rockfall; the summit slabs dip downward and are precarious when wet." Excerpted from "Cascade Alpine Guide : Climbing and High Routes : Rainy Pass to Fraser River" by Fred Beckey.


We will leave the trailhead early to reach camp early.  Rest and hydrate.  Leave camp for the summit around 2am.  We would like to have firm conditions climbing the summit pitches.  (All climbers will need to have a picket on their pack.). Hopefully, we will be on the summit by 8am, and get back to camp around 12noon.  That should allow us to be back to the trailhead in the early evening.


Mount Shuksan/Sulphide Glacier

  • Green Trails Lake Shannon No. 46

    Green Trails Mt Shuksan No. 14

    USGS Shuksan Arm

    USGS Mt Shuksan

    Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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