Ascent of Glacier Peak on 2017-07-29

Climber: Lawrence Kuracina

Others in Party:John McKay
Tony Palik
Gunnar Kudrjavets
Guide Chris Marshall (Miyar Adventures
Redmond WA)
Date:Saturday, July 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Glacier Peak
    Elevation:10520 ft / 3206 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not a super technical climb but a long way. We added a day just to give ourselves a breather. My gps would not load because it contains too many way points.

Day 1:
Drive from Redmond to trailhead (Sloan Creek Campground) (2.5 hrs)
Hiked from Sloan Creek trailhead to White Pass. 3800 ft elevation.
From Sloan Creek Campground, follow Trail 649 along the North Fork Sauk River. After 5.5 mi, reach the Mackinaw Shelter, a good rest spot and replenish water. 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.

Day 2:
Hiked White Pass to Glacier Gap – 5.25 miles (2350 ft ascent)
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.
Relaxed and prepared for summit day
Camped at Glacier Gap

Day 3:
4:00am start – 8:30am summit
3.8 miles to summit, 3475 ft of ascent
Return to camp – lunch break camp, hike back to White Pass

Day 4:
7:30am start
Hike back out to car

Additional trip data (including gps track):
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads

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