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Sahale Peak, North Cascades, WA, USA, 16 Jul 2006

This was one of the most beautiful mountain climbs I have ever done. I drove the three hours from Seattle just to do Sahale, and it was well worth it. Excellent weather without a single cloud, superb views of glaciers all around, little streams, a beautiful wildflower carpet, a mountain goat, a marmot, a ptarmigan hen with her chicks, nice people to meet on the trail - what do you want more?

Drawing from experience with Mount Rainier, I did not want to carry again all that camping gear up the mountain. So I decided to go there the evening before, sleep in the car, get up early, and do the whole thing as a single-day tour. This has the additional advantage that it is not necessary to try and hunt for a camping permit, and on the other hand to be still early enough at enjoy sunrise at an upper elevation. So I took off at 3:15 AM from the parking lot, passed the campsite at 6:45 and reached the summit at 8:15. I enjoyed the marvelous views from the summit for two hours, left from there at 10:15, and reached the car at 3 PM. You can deduct about one hour on the way up and more than 1.5 hours on the way down for taking photos and chatting with people, so I spent a total of about 5 hours going up and 4 hours going down. I had taken plenty of water with me, but needed only 2 liters because it was rather chilly in the morning and moreover I try to avoid sweating by getting rid of superfluous clothing as early as possible. I should have brought my crampons, though, since the snow on the very small glacier was very hard and slippery in the early morning, but on the way down it was perfect. The scrambling near to the summit has difficulty level I-II on the UIAA scale, so moderately easy, but slightly exposed.

So, my advice: go early, go light, and don't toss wildflowers at marmots ;-)
And: glory to God, the origin of all that admirable and enjoyable creation.

Sedro-Woolley -

Cascade River Road
Skagit River bridge


Forbidden Peak

Parking lot
at the trailhead

First morning light

Eldorado Peak

On Sahale Arm
First glimpse of Baker

First glimpse of Rainier

Mix-up Peak etc. above Sahale Arm


On Sahale Glacier
Towards Sahale summit

Final scramble
to the summit

Glacier Peak

Mount Rainier

On my own
on the summit

Snowking Mountain to the right

Forbidden Peak to the right

Boston Peak

Mount Shuksan



A climbers group
via Boston Glacier

Near the campsite

Hidden Lake

Doubtful Lake

On Sahale Arm

Sahale Peak

The Triplets and Johannesburg Mountain


The Triplets and Johannesburg Mountain

Descent from
Cascade Pass

Cascade River Road

Skagit River

Concrete - Seattle

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