Bannock Mountain

A long and challenging gem of a scramble of into a remote and rarely visited area. Located beyond the Canyon Lakes and Totem Pass in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, perfect solitude awaits. Enjoy fantastic views of Dome Peak, Sinister Peak, and Agnes Mountain. It's 32 miles round trip with 10,000+ feet of elevation gain.

Temporary Closure

4/15/21 Update: In the aftermath of the Downey Mountain fire in 2020, the Suiattle River Road is closed west of Downey Creek, at about mile 19. This closure includes all trails beyond the road closure: Downey Creek Trail (No. 768), Sulphur Creek Trail (No. 793), Sulphur Mountain Trail (No. 794), Suiattle River Trail (No. 784), Bachelor Creek Trail (No. 796), and the Sulphur Creek Campground. Please check with the Darrington Ranger District for the most up to date information.

getting there

Drive SR-530 to the east side of the Sauk River Bridge just north of Darrington. Drive east on the Suiattle River Road (Forest Road 26) for 23 miles to the road's end and trailhead (1,600 ft).


  • The approach via Canyon Lake contours and crosses several large basins over a substantial distance.  
  • Because there is so much off trail travel, on average, only one or two parties make the summit each year.  
  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Technical 5, Strenuous 5
  • Length: 32.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 10,000 ft
  • 7,760 ft
  • Green Trails Holden No. 113
  • Green Trails Glacier Peak No. 112
  • Green Trails McGregor Mtn No. 81
  • Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
  • Green Trails Mountain Loop Highway No. 111SX

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