Mount Daniel/Daniel Glacier

Mount Daniel via the Daniel Glacier is an easy glacier climb.

driving directions

From Cle Elum, take SR 903) to Salmon La Sac. A few yards past the Ranger Station, keep right on a rough dirt road (Forest Road 4330). Drive about 12 mi to the end of the road and the Cathedral Rock trailhead (Trail No. 1345; elevation 3,350 ft).


Hike the Cathedral Rock Trail to Squaw Lake at 2.5 mi. Continue up trail to Cathedral Pass (5,550 ft).Turn left (west) onto the Pacific Crest Trail. In less than 0.5 mi, turn right (northwest) onto Trail No. 1375 (do not follow the Pacific Crest Trail down to Deep Lake). Follow Trail No. 1375 past Cathedral Rock to Peggy's Pond at 5,560 ft and camp nearby.


Leave camp and scramble towards the East Summit, donning crampons and ice axes when needed.crampon up. Enter Daniel Glacier just north of the prominent spire on the Northeast Ridge. Head west across Daniel Glacier to the Middle Summit (7,960 ft). If you're feeling adventurous, climb the West Summit (7,960 ft) and/or the East Peak (7,899 ft).

If the Daniel Glacier is too crevassed or steep and icy, an alternative is to climb to the East Summit via the Hyas Creek Glacier.


Descend the climbing route or the scramble route.


Seattle to Trailhead 2.5
Trailhead to Camp 4-6 3,000
Camp to Summit 3-5 1,800
Summit to Camp 2-3
Camp to Trailhead 3-4


Standard glacier gear.

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: June, July, August
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
  • Length: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,200 ft
  • 7,960 ft
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
  • USGS Mt Daniel
  • USGS The Cradle
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