Mount Anderson/Eel Glacier


Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Anderson/Eel Glacier

A strenuous 3 day glacier climb in Olympic National Park

  • Fri, Jun 2, 2017 — Sun, Jun 4, 2017
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 40.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,000 ft

Dosewallips road, time tbd

Mountain bikes will be used for the approach.  6.5 miles each way (may have to walk a few sections on the way in)

This is not a good choice for a first basic glacier climb, as this is quite a bit more strenuous than other 2 day glacier trips.  If however, you have previous multi-day backpacking experience and are in good shape, feel free to ask.

I will pre-purchase our permits (2 nights at $8 each, bring cash).  It's also possible the park may make us carry bear canisters (if we are camping on snow which is possible)

This climb has a bit of everything.  Bike ride with full packs, long trail, river crossings where we might be wet, very steep snow, glacier travel, and finally a rock scramble.

Estimated distance is ~42 miles, including the bike ride and ~7000 elevation gain.  See route description for more details.


Mount Anderson/Eel Glacier

  • USGS Mt Steel

    USGS The Brothers

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
  • See full route/place details.
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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