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Mount Shuksan, Washington


Prominence: 4411 ft, 1344 m

Elevation: 9131 feet, 2783 meters


Approx. Isolation: 10.37 mi, 16.68 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 9135 ft / 2784 m
SubpeaksMount Shuksan-Sulphide Peak (7848 ft/2392 m)
Peak TypeFamous Peak, but not High Point
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)48° 49' 53'' N; 121° 36' 10'' W
48.831284, -121.602849 (Dec Deg)
602535E 5409642N Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceWashington
County/Second Level RegionWhatcom
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Lists that contain Mount Shuksan:
     Mountaineers Baker's Dozen (Rank #2)
     Famous Peaks that are not High Points (Rank #5)
     Mountaineers Cascade Classic Peak Pin (Rank #5)
     Peaks with Most Ascents Using a Rope (Rank #6)
     Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts (Rank #9)
     Smoot's "Climbing Washington's Mountains" 100 Peaks (Rank #10)
     Washington Bulger List (Rank #10)
     Mazamas Sixteen Northwest Peaks Award (Rank #12)
     Washington State Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #13)
     Washington State 8200-foot Peaks (Rank #13)
     Washington State Top 200 by Prominence (Rank #13)
     Chemeketan Eighteen Northwest Peaks Award (Rank #14)
     Peaks with Most Page Views on Site (Rank #22)
     Cascade Range 9000-foot Peaks (Rank #26)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #96)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #96)
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #96)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Climbing Washingtons Mountains (Smoot)
       Summit Routes: Washington's 100 Highest Peaks (Stephenson, Bongiovanni)
       Cascade Alpine Guide, Vol. 3 (Beckey)
       Washington's Highest Mountains: Basic Alpine and Glacier Routes (Goldman)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1992-09 by J Thornton
     1994-08-21 by Brian Friedrich
     1995-09-10 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     1998-06 by Karen Schraven
     2001-05-26 by Eric Johnson
     2002-06-03 by Eric Johnson
     2002-06-08 by Greg Slayden (Unsuccessful)
     2008-05-28 by Matthias Ihl (Unsuccessful)
     2008-06-30 by Les Zollbrecht
     2009-07-04 by Quinn McKee
     2011-07-23 by Adam Walker
     2011-07-30 by Louise Suhr (Unsuccessful)
     2011-09-03 by Shadle Stewart (Unsuccessful)
     2012-05-20 by Emily Wheeler
     2012-06-24 by Aaron Farmer
     2012-08-12 by Josh Phanco
     2012-08-12 by Devin Monas
     2013-07-28 by Tab Wilkins
     2013-08-03 by Wesley Witt (GPS Track)
     2014-04-13 by Barbara Peterson (Unsuccessful)
     2014-06-08 by Jaime McCandless (GPS Track)
     2014-07-13 by Rakesh .
     2014-08-16 by James Barlow (GPS Track)

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Mount Shuksan has become the iconic face of the rugged North Cascades of Washingon, with its picturesque north face a ubiquitous presence on calendars and souveniers. It is probably the most well-known of the non-volcanic peaks of the Cascade Range, a vivid reminder that the northern reaches of the range harbor more than giant snowy domes like nearby Mount Baker.

There are nine or ten non-volcanic peaks over 9,000 feet high in Washington (depending on how you count), and Shuksan lies about halfway down this list in both elevation and climbing challenge. Most of these peaks are not well-known to the general public because they lie far from roads, hidden in a giant thicket of high and craggy peaks. Shuksan, however, towers over the Mount Baker ski area and the end of the Mount Baker Highway , a commanding presence at one of the most popular high-country trailheads and recreation areas in the Cascades. Of the 9000ers, only Mount Stuart near I-90 approaches the visibility and fame of Mount Shuksan.

The mountain is a huge, sprawling mass of ridges, pinnacles, and glaciers, almost its own sub-range. Although the rugged northern side of the peak gives it its fame, the easiest route to the summit climbs the vast Sulphide Glacier from the south, starting a long, long way from the Mount Baker Highway. The Sulphide Glacier rolls right up to the 700-foot high jagged summit pyramid, an easy scramble on steep, loose rock. In early season, the Sulphide is a great ski run.

The easiest and most popular northern route is the Fisher Chimneys route, a devious path winding its way up the north and west slopes of the peak that can be a routefinding challenge but is mostly class 3 climbing or easier. Other routes can be very difficult, including serious ice climbing on the spectacular hanging glaciers that line the peaks frontage to the deep cirque of the Nooksack River.


Mount Shuksan's awesome north face with a coating of early season snow (2000-12-03).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 4411 ft/1344 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 4451 ft/1356 m
  Line Parent: Mount Baker
  Key Col: Austin Pass    4720 ft/1439 m
Isolation10.37 mi/16.68 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Mount Baker  (WSW)
Isolation distance is based on NHN and is slightly overstated.
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: North Cascades
Range5: Skagit Range
Range6: Baker-Shuksan Massif
Drainage BasinsSkagit
Puget Sound
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: North Cascades National Park
Wilderness/Special Area: Stephen Mather Wilderness Area
Topo MapMount Shuksan O48121g5 1:24,000
First AscentSeptember 07, 1906
Asahel Curtis
W. Montelius Price
Route #1 Glacier Climb: Sulphide Glacier
Trailhead: FR 1152 2560 ft/780 m
Vertical Gain: 6571 ft/2003 m
Distance (one way): 6.5 mi/10.46 km
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Other Photos


The classic picture-postcard view of Shuksan.
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Descending from the summit pyramid via the Sulphide Glacier route (2014-06-08). Photo by Jason Curtis.
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