Glacier Peak is the fourth-highest major volcano of Washington State, one of the 10,000 foot giants that dominate the Cascade Range north of the Columbia. But unlike Rainier, Adams, and Baker, the snowy cone of Glacier Peak is hidden in the heart of the range, far from cities and roads. It can be picked out on the eastern skyline from the Seattle area if you know exactly where to look, but outside of the hiking/climbing community few are aware of this major summit just a little lower than much-better-known Mount Baker.
Ironically, Glacier Peak is not as glaciated as Rainier or Baker. Its location to the east gives it less precipitation, as well as long approach hikes.
In October, 2003 catastrophic floods washed out the White Chuck trail and road, closing what was once the most shortest and popular route to the summit. Until the road and trail are rebuilt, the easiest way to Glacier Peak is via the North Fork Sauk Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail at White Pass, then into White Chuck Basin leading to the south ridge of the peak. This is a three or four day expedition for most people.