Glacier Peak, Washington

Prominence: 7498 ft, 2285 m

Elevation: 10,520+ feet, 3206+ meters

True Isolation: 56.05 mi, 90.2 km
Elevation Info:Elevation range: 10,520 - 10,560 ft
    (40-foot closed contour)
NAVD88 Elevation: 10,525 ft / 3207 m
    (Range 10,525 - 10,565 ft)
Local or Alternate Name(s)Indigenous Name: Dakobed
SubpeaksDisappointment Peak (9755 ft/2973 m)
Sitkum Spire (9355 ft/2851 m)
Kennedy Peak (8280 ft/2524 m)
Peak TypeVolcano
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)48° 6' 43'' N, 121° 6' 51'' W
48.111844, -121.11412 (Dec Deg)
640371 E 5330451 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionSnohomish (Highest Point)

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Lists that contain Glacier Peak:
     Mountaineers 6-Peak Pin - New Version (Rank #4)
     Mountaineers 5-Peak Pin (Rank #4)
     Mountaineers 6-Peak Pin [Historic] (Rank #4)
     Mazamas Sixteen Northwest Peaks Award (Rank #6)
     Triple Crown CoHPs (Rank #7)
     Chemeketan Eighteen Northwest Peaks Award (Rank #6)
     5000 foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #30)
     Cascade Volcanoes Peak Pin (Rank #7)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 5000 feet of Prominence (Rank #13)
     High Points of Counties Crossed by the Pacific Crest Trail (Rank #17)
     5000 foot Prominence CoHPs (Rank #37)
     Washington State Peaks with 25 Miles of Isolation (Rank #4)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #13)
     Cascade Range 9000-foot Peaks (Rank #9)
     USA Peaks with 6000 feet of Prominence (Rank #32)
     Apex (Toughest) CoHPs (Rank #12)
     5000 foot gain CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #26)
     Top 10 Prominence Grid for U.S. States (Rank #25)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #13)
     Top 10 County High Points Grid for U.S. States (Rank #91)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Climbing Washingtons Mountains (Smoot)
       Summit Routes: Washington's 100 Highest Peaks (Stephenson, Bongiovanni)
       Cascade Alpine Guide, Vol. 2 (Beckey)
       Climbing the Cascade Volcanoes (Smoot)
       Washington's Highest Mountains: Basic Alpine and Glacier Routes (Goldman)

Ascent Info

Total successful ascents logged by registered users: 815
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 801)

Selected Trip Reports:
     2003-06-06 by Greg Slayden (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2003-06-07 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2006-07-26 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2010-07-04 by Dennis Poulin (Unsuccessful)
     2010-08-11 by Rob Woodall
     2012-09-02 by Sean Albert
     2012-09-07 by Dennis Poulin (GPS Track)
     2013-07-06 by Noel Howe
     2013-07-26 by Mark Smith
     2013-07-26 by Austin D. Smith
     2014-08-02 by Evan L
     2014-08-08 by Pradeep Narayanashetty (GPS Track)
     2015-03-07 by Chad Straub (GPS Track)
     2015-06-13 by David Kruse
     2015-07-04 by Petro Ksondzyk (GPS Track)
     2015-08-09 by Tynan Ramm-Granberg
     2015-08-23 by James Barlow (GPS Track)
     2016-07-03 by Caleb Morris (Unsuccessful)
     2016-07-24 by Joanne Najdzin (GPS Track)
     2016-08-13 by Connor McEntee (GPS Track)
     2017-07-09 by Nick R (GPS Track)
     2017-07-29 by Lawrence Kuracina
     2017-08-05 by Miki Kanada
     2018-07-17 by Sharon Carlson
     2018-07-17 by Jeremy Benezra
     2018-07-21 by Melanie Stam (GPS Track)
     2018-09-01 by Alden Ryno
     2018-09-05 by Eric Gilbertson
     2019-05-26 by Ryan Cairnes
     2019-06-09 by Tyler Jaszkowiak (GPS Track)
     2020-03-14 by Eric Gilbertson (Unsuccessful)
     2020-03-21 by Eric Gilbertson
     2020-05-07 by Rio H (GPS Track)
     2020-07-04 by Brad Hefta-Gaub
     2020-08-12 by Adam Zukowski (GPS Track)
     2020-08-15 by Dennis L (GPS Track)
     2020-09-06 by Bob Lindskov (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2021-07-03 by Dennis Kiilerich (GPS Track)
     2021-07-03 by Liana Robertshaw
     2021-07-06 by Josh Super
     2021-08-01 by Gwen Torrens (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2021-08-14 by Travis Prescott (GPS Track)

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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.

Climbing Notes

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.

Glenn Slayden toils up towards the summit pinnacles, anticipating a great ski run down from the summit (2003-06-06).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 7498 ft/2285 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 7538 ft/2297 m
  Line Parent: Little Tahoma
  Key Col: Snoqualmie Pass    3022 ft/921 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 56.05 mi/90.2 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 48.776174, -121.813708
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Mount Baker  (NW)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: North Cascades
Range5: Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area (Highest Point)
Range6: Glacier Peak Massif (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsSkagit
Puget Sound
Strait of Juan de Fuca
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Wilderness/Special Area: Glacier Peak Wilderness Area (Highest Point)
Topo MapGlacier Peak East O48121a1 1:24,000
First AscentJune, 1897
    Bard, Darcy
    Dubor, A.H.
    Gerdine, Thomas
    Strom, Sam
Route #1 Snow Climb: Sitkum Glacier
Trailhead: White Chuck Road 2340 ft/713 m
Vertical Gain: 8180 ft/2493 m
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Map with way points (2014-08-08). Photo by Pradeep Narayanashetty.
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Elevation and distance plot (2014-08-08). Photo by Pradeep Narayanashetty.
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Map with way points (2014-08-08). Photo by Pradeep Narayanashetty.
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Route from camp at White Chuck Glacier Basin to Glacier Gap (2015-07-04). Photo by Kristian Kalsing.
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pumice walk before the final snow ascent to Glacier Peak summit (2016-07-24). Photo by Chi Tran.
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Glacier Peak from White Chuck Glacier (2018-05-27). Photo by Allen Love.
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