On the gentle south sloping aspects of Mount Shuksan lies the very approachable Sulphide Glacier. Meandering through highland and subalpine forests climbers are treated to spectacular views of Baker Lake and Kulshan (Mount Baker).
Views of Kulshan from the Sulphide Glacier
At camp views sprawl out over the North Cascades expanding to the Picket Range and out to the Salish Sea. Mountain goats graze the hillsides along the edge of the Sulphide Glacier.
Local resident on Mount Shuksan
Views from camp looking west over the Salish Sea
A moderate glacier walk leads up to Shuksans mighty summit pyramid. This piercing summit block offers 360 degrees of climbing from easy class 3 and class 4 scrambling in the Central Gulley to easy climbing on the 5.4 South East Ridge, to hard winter test pieces on the west face.
The Sulphide Glacier sprawls up towards the summit pyramid on Mount Shuksan
The Sulphide Glacier to the central gulley offers guests the chance to set up their mountaineering skills from the standard glacier routes on Cascadian volcanoes such as the Coleman Deming on Mount Baker or the Disappointment Cleaver on Mount Rainier. By adding class 3 and a touch of class 4 scrambling new climbers can get a perfect introduction to climbing. For more adventurous or nimble climbers the approachable South East Ridge offers class 4 scrambling with small short steps of class 5 climbing.
Beautiful scrambling on the South East Rib of Mount Shuksan
After climbing this Shuksan classic climbers have the skills to work towards the next level of scrambling on Shuksan via the Fisher Chimneys. And maybe eventually Forbidden Peaks West Ridge!
Join Guided Exposure for one of our scheduled group climbs or contact us directly to craft your custom Sulphide Glacier trip!