Bacon & Canadian Bacon Peaks

A pleasant, but seldom climbed, set of glaciated peaks in the Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness in Washington's North Cascades.

getting there

From SR-20, turn north onto Baker Lake Road (Forest Road 11). Just past the junction with Forest Road 12, turn right onto Forest Road 1106 and follow it around the south end of Baker Lake. Then follow Forest Road 1107 to its end and the Anderson & Watson Lakes Trailhead (4,360 ft).


Hike the Watson Lakes Trail (No. 61) and at a saddle in ~1.4 miles, ascend south on a hiker's path following a ridge high above Lower Anderson Lake. The path opens up into meadows leading to Upper Anderson Lake with Lower Watson Lake below to the northeast. Leave Upper Anderson Lake heading in a northeast direction and ascending a short wooded gully. Continue this direction to open moraine and heather slopes to ~5,300 ft.

Traverse under the Watson peaks and descend to 5,000 ft to get around a buttress to the east of Watson Peaks.  Ascend to a saddle (5,360 ft) and cross to the south side of the ridge.  Continue east dropping elevation slightly while heading for the the next low point in the ridge (a saddle at 4,900 ft), crossing a short buttress (easy ledges) en route.  Once though the saddle, traverse again to the north side of the ridge crest.  Descend straight down to to the bottom of the basin at 4,000 ft and then ascend the open meadow and rock marked hillside.  A good camp is at 5,900 ft, 0.5 miles to the northeast of Bacon Peak.  

ascent route

From camp ascend southeast to the summit of Bacon Peak (7,061 ft).  Note that it is possible to travel to the summit without crossing glaciers. From Bacon Peak rope up and traverse in a northeast and then southeast arc, losing as little elevation as possible, to the summit of Canadian Bacon Peak (6,600 ft).

descent route

Descend the climbing and approach routes to the Watson Lake Trail and return to the trailhead.


Standard glacier gear.


  • Because of the open terrain and relatively easy trail for most of the approach, this can probably be done as a long one-day climb by a fast group.  
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Basic Alpine Climb
  • Length: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,400 ft
  • 7,061 ft
  • Green Trails Lake Shannon No. 46
  • USGS Bacon Peak
  • USGS Damnation Peak
  • Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
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