Nooksack Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the North Cascades, as well as an essential pit stop on the way to Heather Meadows at the end of Highway 542. The falls plunge 88 feet in three segments, two of which only appear separate when the river is running very low. There has been some confusion regarding the height of the falls. Most accounts place the height at 170 feet. I have no idea where this may have come from, but I suspect it propagated from the book A Waterfall Lover.
Mount Formidable is an impressive sight when climbers reach Cache Col on the Ptarmigan Traverse which is a very scenic mountaineering traverse from Cascade Pass south to Dome Peak. The rugged and remote Mt Formidable has several routes ranging from glacier traverses with scrambling on the south side, to more technical routes on the north side involving class 5 rock and requiring ice screws for icefalls on the Formidable Glacier. There are campsites on the north at Kool Aid Lake, and to the south of Formidable at Ya... read more
Mt. Daniel is an easy summit, great for a "First Summit". A six mile hike from the trailhead will take you to the first of three possible campsites. The hike is straightforward, except for a traverse under cathedral rock that demands attention. This campsitem on a grassy field, has good access to running water, and is a 15 minute walk from the the permanent snow fields. Another possible campsite, is up by the lower snowfields. The third possible camp, is about 20 minutes (without a pack) up rock and snow terraces. ... read more
Mount Angeles is located in the northern part of Olympic National Park. It is situated as the highest peak around the Hurricane Ridge area. The view from the summit provides a grand vista into the heart of the Olympic mountains, including Mt Olympus to the southwest, and north across the Straight of Juan De Fuca to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Mount Angeles dominates the skyline from the nearby town of Port Angeles, and can be picked out by the eye from as far away as Victoria, British Columbia. While modest in he... read more
Mount Anderson is a major mountain centrally located in the Olympic range and within Olympic National Park. Water from the Anderson massif drains into the Pacific Ocean, the Hood Canal, and into the Straight of Juan de Fuca. Mt Anderson was named in 1885 by Lt. Joseph O'Neal in honor of his commanding officer Major-General Thomas H Anderson. A climb of Mt Anderson involves a backpacking approach to Anderson Pass via either the West Fork of the Dosewallips River trail (12 miles), the East Fork of the Quinault River ... read more
Glacier Peak is a massive extinct volcano, heavily eroded and covered in glaciers, particularly on its northern and eastern slopes. Its snowy white mass towers in isolation, the highest Cascade peak north of Mount Rainier and south of Mount Baker. The Pacific Crest Trail winds around its eastern slopes, from which the mountain is most easily ascended. The mountain lies within the boundaries of the Mount Baker National Forest and the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area. Bonanza Peak is located a short distance to the northeast.
Fortress Mountain is located in the beautiful Glacier Peak Wilderness. It is the highest peak in the Chiwawa Mountains, a sub-range of the Cascades. From the summit one has a commanding view of Glacier Peak to the west, Bonanza Peak and Dome Peak to the north, and the entire Entiat Range including Copper, Fernow, Seven Fingered Jack, and Maude to the east. Fortress is in the list of Washington's 100 highest summits coming in at 30. Fortress is aptly named, as the gneiss rock presents a fortress-like appearance when... read more
The peak has been likened to a "great obelisk of rock", a classic horn created by the merging of several glacial cirques. Three remarkable ridges radiate from the summit (N, W, and E), Alpine Grade II-III and 5.2-5.8 (depending upon route and which guide you survey). The West Ridge receives the most attention due to its inclusion in the 50 Classic Climbs in North America. The attention is well-deserved, but don't expect to spend a lonely day on the route. The North Ridge is much more alpine and committing while the... read more
A massive structure and dominant feature north of Glacier Peak. Chickamin Glacier, one of the largest non-volcanic glaciers in the state of Washington covers the north side of the mountain. South east side includes a complex rock face and south west side a smaller glacier, Dome Glacier providing a snow and ice route up to a high col, 8,560 feet. From the col, a long traverse leads to the top.
Columbia Peak is located in the Monte Cristo group of peaks around the old mining town of Monte Cristo. From the summit one has a commanding view of Kyes Peak and Glacier Peak to the east, Sloan Peak to the north, Rainier to the south, and west to Three Fingers. To get there, drive the Mountain Loop Highway from the town of Granite Falls to Barlow Pass. Hike the old roadway (closed to vehicles) to the trailhead for Poodle Dog Pass at the Monte Cristo town site. From Poodle Dog Pass follow the trail to Twin Lakes an... read more