Cascade Classics

Forbidden, Eldorado, Shuksan and more August through September


The North Cascades offers some of the best Alpine climbing in the lower 48. With it’s vast glaciated terrain and jagged, rocky ridges and summits we can find objectives that will challenge and excite climbers of any level. One day we can climb a glaciated mountaineering route, and the next an exposed rock ridge. this combination of large glaciers and long alpine route is not available anywhere else in the continental U.S.

Summits and routes

Mt. Forbidden, West Ridge

This challenging climb involves; Glacier travel, steep snow and rock climbing up to 5.5. This climb can be incorporated with Mt. Torment to do the Torment Forbidden Traverse outlined in Mark Kroese’s “Fifty Favorite Climbs, The ultimate North American tick list”.

Mt. Shuksan, Fischer Chimneys

Mt. Shuksan is one of the most photographed peaks in the North Cascades National Park because of it’s beauty and symmetry. Mt. Shuksan offers a number of interesting and varied routes. The Fischer Chimneys route has a little bit of everything; glacier travel, moderate rock climbing and steep snow. Other routes to consider are: The Sulfide Glacier route and the North Face route.

Eldorado, West Arete

Situated in the heart of the North Cascades, The Eldorado Glacier is an awesome place to set up camp and stay awhile. Within attack range of a camp on the Eldorado Glacier one can climb: The Dorado Needle (5.5 rock), Early Morning Spire (III 5.9 rock) Klawatti and more.

The West Arete of Eldorado boasts nearly 3,000 feet of moderate to serious rock climbing on an aesthetic exposed ridge. IV 5.7

Mt. Stuart, North Ridge

Mt. Stuart is among the highest non-volcanic peaks in Washington. There is no better mountain in the Cascades for long high quality alpine routes. The North Ridge climbs 20+ pitches on high quality rock with great views and outstanding positions.

These are only a sample of the peaks we can guide in the Washington Area. We have partnered with a number of concessionaires to secure permits on just about any peak in Washington. Give us a call or send us an email and we can help you plan your perfect trip.

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