Sahale Peak/Quien Sabe Glacier


Basic Glacier Climb - Sahale Peak/Quien Sabe Glacier

Steep trail, scramble, glacier, scramble, snowfield, trail. Long beautiful day in the N Cascades

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Basic Rock Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,780 ft

0300 mile Marker 21, or however far up the road we can get

Moving NLT 0330

Participant spots based on the COVID-19 Phase guidance from the Mountaineers.

Participant Priority

Priority goes to Foothills Basic Climbing Students, Intermediate Students, and instructors who volunteer with the Foothills Branch Climbing Programs. Those in these groups may request permission to join at any time, but must have passed the qualifying field trip (Snow 2 for glacier climbs) by 7/1.

Second year students (regardless of branch) may request permission to join at any time.

When registration opens in July, all remaining spots and waitlists will go to, in the following order:

  • Foothills SIG (Seattle climbing program) & Everett students
  • Everyone else



All participants should be familiar with the route. Look for information on the Mountaineers site, SummitPost, PeakBagger, WTA, and guide books. This will be a one-day climb.


This will be a strenuous, but moderately paced, 1-day climb of Sahale via the Quien Sabe Glacier. While we won't be going that fast, expect to be moving the entire day (14-16 hours). The Mount Si Fitness test is not an accurate indicator of how well you will do on this climb. Please answer the fitness question below when requesting permission.

Please answer the following when requesting permission to add

Fitness: What hike, scramble, or climb have you done in the last two months that involved more than 10 miles with 4000' gain or took longer than 12 hours car to car. How did you feel at the end of this activity/how much energy did you have at the end.


Sahale Peak/Quien Sabe Glacier

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 sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • 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
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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