Mount Shuksan via the Sulphide Glacier
Our group of 12 Mountaineers met at the end of FS road 1152-014. We hiked the boot path (which was largely made of squishy mud that was lovely on my knees on the way down) to the south end of the Sulphide Glacier. USGS shows the bootpath ending where it meets the ridge at 4,600' but the path continues up the ridge, through the 5,400'+ pass, to the glacier.
We unroped at the base of the summit pyramid and ascended the gulley on the SW side of the summit pyramid. It had wet snow all the way up, on the way down a member of the party above me fell and triggered a wet snow slide that I had to hustle to dodge. Someone also kicked a rock down near me. I felt like a target.
All in all an outstanding trip. From the point where the bootpath met the top of the ridge we had excellent views. The steepness of the summit pyramid added a little spice.
approx. 14 miles
approx. 6,535 feet
basic glacier climb
Climbing Washington's Mountains
14 hours 7 minutes
4 hours 16 minutes ascending from trailhead to High Camp
4 hours 30 minutes ascending from High Camp to Mount Shuksan summit
5 hours 4 minutes descending from Mount Shuksan summit to trailhead
Summit pyramid of Mount Shuksan from the Sulphide Glacier
Summit pyramid of Mount Shuksan from High Camp
Mount Baker from the base of the summit pyramid on Mount Shuksan
Jagged Ridge from the summit of Mount Shuksan
Ridge south of the summit of Mount Shuksan
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.