Glacier Peak/Disappointment Peak Cleaver

Glacier Peak via the Disappointment Peak Cleaver is a Grade I glacier climb.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Take the Mountain Loop Highway from either Darrington or Granite Falls to Forest Road 49, about 7 mi south of Barlow Pass. Travel 6.5 mi on this road until reaching Sloan Creek Campground (pit toilet available). The elevation here is about 2100 ft.

APPROACH

From Sloan Creek Campground, follow Trail 649 along the North Fork Sauk River. After 5.5 mi, reach the Mackinaw Shelter. Camping is possible here, but not recommended for a 3 day climb. Continue on Trail No. 649, which soon begins switch backing for about 2,500 ft gain. Some water may be available here from snowmelt in numerous spots. Continue on the trail which does a rising traverse to White Pass, intersecting the Pacific Crest Trail just prior to the pass. Early season you may need to break your own trail here.

At White Pass look for the Foam Creek trail and follow it as it does an ascending traverse under White Mountain to below the eastern-most col along the ridge above you on climber's left. Leave the trail and head up to the col at about 6,600 ft.

At the col you will get your first views of Glacier Peak. Head down the slope about 400 ft traversing to the right. Continue onto low angle terrain up to the edge of the White Chuck Glacier at about 6,700 ft. Numerous campsites are available here on flat snow and among rock islands. Look for possible nearby water sources.

ASCENT ROUTE

Traverse northward across the White Chuck Glacier for some time on low-angled terrain. If you camped on climber's right of the glacier, you are likely to ascent just above glacial lakes on your left. You can either follow low angle terrain that arcs slowly to the right, or you can find steeper snow/rock bands (loose, class 2) that will get you to a col adjoining the edge of the Suiattle Glacier (7,300 ft). From here descend about 100 ft or so to flat ground and cross it to the nose of the Disappointment Cleaver.

When melted out there is an obvious climber's trail on the right side of the cleaver. Ascend it until you get close to where it steepens, and drop to the snow (about 8,600 ft). Make a rising traverse on the glacier to the right under Disappointment Peak, avoiding obvious rock fall in this area, then arc up and left to steepening snow slopes to the col adjoining the Cool Glacier at 9,100 ft. Ascend the Cool Glacier to the 9600 ft col above Disappointment Peak. Continue north-northwest on snow or pumice slopes up and left until an obvious, moderate slope that leads north straight up to the summit ridge (final 200-300 ft).

DESCENT ROUTE

Descend the climbing route.

TRIP PROFILE

SEGMENTTIME (hR)ELEVATION GAIN (FT)Elevation Loss (FT)Distance (MI)
Seattle to Trailhead 2.5
Trailhead to Camp 7-10 5,000 400 10.5
Camp to Summit 5-7 3,800 6.5
Summit to Camp 4-5 3,800 6.5
Camp to Trailhead 6-7 400 5,000 10.5

EQUIPMENT

Standard glacier equipment.

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: June, July, August
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
  • Length: 33.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,200 ft
  • 10,520 ft
Map
  • USGS Glacier Peak West
  • USGS Glacier Peak East
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Glacier Climb - Glacier Peak/Disappointment Peak Cleaver

Climbing Trip
Glacier Peak! This is a long one, must be in shape.
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Fri, Jun 22, 2018 - Sat, Jun 23, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 20
Seattle Branch

Glacier Climb - Glacier Peak/Disappointment Peak Cleaver

Climbing Trip
For weekday warriors or those willing to play hooky for a few days.
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sun, Jun 24, 2018 - Tue, Jun 26, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 22
Tacoma Branch

Glacier Climb - Glacier Peak/Disappointment Peak Cleaver

Climbing Trip
A long approach to climb the most remote volcano in Washington State! This climb is
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Fri, Jul 6, 2018 - Sun, Jul 8, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jun 28
Seattle Branch

Glacier Climb - Glacier Peak/Disappointment Peak Cleaver

Climbing Trip
Three day glacier climb for students in various SIGs. Please contact the mentored leader only
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jul 14, 2018 - Mon, Jul 16, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants on waitlist 1 leader on waitlist
Registration closes Jul 12
Seattle Branch

Glacier Climb - Glacier Peak/Disappointment Peak Cleaver

Climbing Trip
3 day climb of Beautiful Glacier Peak. We will hike into camp on 7/16.
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Tue, Jul 17, 2018 - Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jul 10
Tacoma Branch

Glacier Climb - Glacier Peak/Disappointment Peak Cleaver

Climbing Trip
Mentored Lead for Sharon Lang
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Fri, Jul 20, 2018 - Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants on waitlist 2 leaders on waitlist
Registration closes Jul 18
Olympia Branch

Glacier Climb - Glacier Peak/Disappointment Peak Cleaver

Climbing Trip
The climb is now filled and has a wait list.
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Thu, Aug 2, 2018 - Sun, Aug 5, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants on waitlist 1 leader on waitlist
Registration closes Jul 18
Kitsap Branch

Glacier Climb - Glacier Peak/Disappointment Peak Cleaver

Climbing Trip
Three or four day glacier climb for Tacoma Basic Students. Please do not contact the
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sun, Aug 12, 2018 - Wed, Aug 15, 2018
Prerequisites
4 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 10
Tacoma Branch

Glacier Climb - Glacier Peak/Disappointment Peak Cleaver

Climbing Trip
Climb will be the best 3 weather days out of 4 w/preference for 8/16-18.
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Thu, Aug 16, 2018 - Sun, Aug 19, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration opens Aug 1
Seattle Branch
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