Mount Buckner, Washington

Prominence: 3034 ft, 925 m

Elevation: 9114 feet, 2778 meters

True Isolation: 4.06 mi, 6.53 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 9119 ft / 2779 m
Highest SummitSouthwest Peak
SubpeaksMount Buckner - Northeast Peak (9112 ft/2777 m)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)48° 29' 39'' N, 121° 0' 0'' W
48.494301, -120.999868 (Dec Deg)
647766 E 5373174 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionChelan
Skagit (Highest Point)

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     High Points of Counties Crossed by the Pacific Crest Trail (Rank #30)
     Cascade Range 9000-foot Peaks (Rank #27)
     Apex (Toughest) CoHPs (Rank #17)
     5000 foot gain CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #34)
     Top 10 County High Points Grid for U.S. States (Rank #114)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #151)
     5000 foot gain CoHPs (Rank #41)
     Smoot's "Climbing Washington's Mountains" 100 Peaks (Rank #11)
     Mountaineers Cascade Classic Peak Pin (Rank #6)
     Washington State Top 100 Peaks (Rank #14)
     Washington County High Points (Rank #6)
     Washington Bulger List (Rank #11)
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #377)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #208)
     Washington State Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #50)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #222)
     Washington State Top 200 Peaks (Rank #14)
     Washington State Top 200 by Prominence (Rank #50)
     Washington State Peaks with 1000 feet of Prominence (Rank #50)

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

Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 196
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 181)

Selected Trip Reports:
     2003-07-12 by Bob Bolton
     2008-08-23 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2009-09-17 by Milda Tautvydas
     2010-07-11 by Dennis Poulin (GPS Track)
     2010-07-11 by Eric Noel
     2014-09-06 by Sean Albert (GPS Track)
     2016-07-24 by Bent Wiencke (GPS Track)
     2018-07-14 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2018-07-21 by Stephen Sugiyama (GPS Track)
     2018-08-01 by Jake Robinson
     2018-08-28 by Iron Knee (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2018-08-31 by Eric Gilbertson
     2019-06-24 by Michael Lewis
     2019-08-03 by Russell Bennett
     2019-08-30 by Ken Jones (Unsuccessful)
     2020-07-04 by Nick Magill (Unsuccessful)
     2020-07-11 by Brad Hefta-Gaub
     2020-07-11 by Ryan Stoddard (GPS Track)
     2020-07-17 by Alden Ryno
     2020-07-19 by Charles Sidlinger
     2020-07-19 by Ian Lauder (GPS Track)
     2020-07-20 by Stephen Bobick
     2020-08-01 by Drew Martin
     2021-10-04 by Seth Jacobsen
     2022-08-12 by Peter Schneider
     2022-08-13 by John DeWulf (GPS Track)
     2022-09-03 by Eric Gilbertson
     2022-09-24 by Alex Hannum
     2022-09-25 by Alden Ryno
     2022-10-01 by Eric Gilbertson

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Of the ten or so non-volcanic 9000-foot peaks in Washington, Mount Buckner is one of the more accessible and easiest summits to climb. It is located east of Cascade Pass, a popular destination with a good trail that continues to nearby Sahale Arm. From there, experienced scramblers can descend to Horseshoe Basin and then climb the relatively straightforward southwest slopes of the mountain. Or, one could enter Horseshoe Basin from below, either via directly from Stehekin, or over Cascade Pass and then loosing 1800 feet. In addition, the North Face of Buckner has become one of the best-known ice climbs in the North Cascades and sees a fair number of ascents--the approach for that route is via the vast Boston Glacier. Based on the summit register, about 10 parties a year total summit this peak.

Buckner has two summits separated by a half-hour class-3 ridge traverse. The broader NE peak is marked as 9112 feet, but the sharper SW peak, a closed contour between 9080-9120 feet, is more or less equal in height. Published estimates tend to favor the SW peak: Fred Beckey says its 2 feet higher, Paul Klenke on says its about 5 feet higher, and Edward Earl did some mathematical analysis of a photograph to determine that the SW peak is higher by a foot or so. In 2018 careful hand-leveling and back-sighting from both peaks, plus additional photographic analysis, confirmed that the SW peak is highest by about two feet. The register is on the SW peak, which is more accessible from the standard SW slopes route, so many climbers do not visit the NE peak.

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Mount Buckner, North face on left side, South route on right, from Boston Peak (2016-08-19). Photo by Curt Baxstrom.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 3034 ft/925 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 3074 ft/937 m
  Line Parent: Goode Mountain - North Peak
  Key Col: Park Creek Pass    6080 ft/1853 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 4.06 mi/6.53 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 48.483736, -120.913013
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Goode Mountain - North Peak  (E)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: North Cascades
Range5: Central North Cascades
Range6: Buckner-Boston Massif (Highest Point)
Ridges/DividesWA-BC Cascade Crest
Drainage Basins
Puget Sound
Strait of Juan de Fuca
Pacific Ocean
Pacific-Western USA
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: North Cascades National Park
Wilderness/Special Area: Stephen Mather Wilderness Area
Topo MapGoode Mountain O48120d8 1:24,000
First AscentAugust 01, 1901
    Ryan, Lewis
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Left to right: Horseshoe Peak, the pointy little Lick of Flame, and big ol' Mt. Buckner. Taken from about 5900 ft on lower Mixup Peak (2018-09-01). Photo by Zak Griffith.
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Recent loose wet slide coming from Boston (2021-07-05). Photo by Nick Magill.
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