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Mount Shuksan

Paul Kuhn, who has climbed many of the Cascade peaks, has been helpful in supplying information about many of the Northern Cascade Peaks. The following is from his E-mail messages:
I just came across your page and I really enjoyed the pictures. I don't know if anybody has given you much feedback yet but since you are attempting to picture all of the peaks in excess of 9000 feet I thought I might tell you about the four in Washington that you haven't listed [I listed them after receiving this information—Don]:

Mt. Fernow
Mt. Maude
Seven Fingered Jack— all three of these are in the Entiat region near Lake Wenatchee

Mt. Buckner which is around the Cascade Pass area.

  • As far as good viewpoints for these peaks, some are pretty tough. As a climber, I've gotten to see all of them but it took a lot of work. I've read in one book (I think it was Selected Climbs in the Cascades) that Goode Mountain is not viewable from any road. The only time that I've seen it was from the summit of Mt. Logan which is a three day, 9000 foot, 40+ mile ordeal (actually ordeal is not a good word, that area along Thunder Creek is spectacular).
  • The very best place to view Stuart is from Ingalls Pass. Take the North Fork Teanaway River Road from Cle Elum for about 20 miles. The hike to the pass is about 6 miles RT with 2000 feet of elevation gain. The view of Stuart from there is excellent.
  • Seven Fingered Jack—Leroy Creek Basin: Drive the Chiwawa River Road from Lake Wenatchee to the Phelps Creek Trailhead. Hike along the creek for three miles or so to the intersection with the Leroy Creek Trail—no sign but you cross the creek there. This time I will not refrain from using the word ordeal when referring to hiking on the trail up to the basin. I actually didn't go up it but I came down it from a trip to the base of Mt. Maude which I will tell you about next. It was probably one of the steepest trails that I've been on and it was raining and muddy and my pack was wet. You should be able to view Maude from here as well.
  • Mt. Maude—Carne Mountain Directions are the same but you only take the Phelps Creek Trail for about .25 mile to the intersection with the Carne Mountain trail. Follow that for three miles or so to the summit. I was on a trip that was supposed to summit Mt. Maude. We made it to the top of Carne. We then followed the "Carne Mt. High Route" over to Ice Lakes (base of Maude) where we camped in the rain. Our exit was over to Leroy Creek Basin and back down to Phelps Creek. You should also get a good view of Glacier from Carne Mountain.
  • Glacier Peak—Another good viewpoint is from the summit of Mt. Dickerman which is a tough 8.5 mile RT hike with 3800 feet elevation gained. The trailhead is off of the Mountain Loop Highway near Barlow Pass (Monte Cristo). Another good vista is from the summit of Mt. Pugh which is also off the Mountain Loop Highway but on the north side. This summit is even harder to obtain as the RT is about 11 miles with 5000 feet elevation.
  • I think that Buckner, Logan and Goode can all be viewed from the summit of Sahale Peak near Cascade Pass. The problem here is that the last 1000 feet or so is on the Sahale Glacier.

I don't know how much of a hiker you are but these peaks certainly take some effort to see from the ground.

Here is the full list of 9000+ non-volcanic peaks in the Washington Cascades:

Bonanza Peak—9511'
Mount Stuart—9415'
Mount Fernow—9249'
Goode Mountain—9134'
Mount Shuksan—9127'
Seven Fingered Jack—about 9100'
Mount Logan—9087'
Mount Maude—9082'
Mount Buckner—9080'
Jack Mountain—9066'

The real funny thing about these is that they are all classified as non-volcanic. Some of them, however, contain volcanic rock. I've read that much of the rock on Shuksan is metamorphisized volcanic. Also, when I was out on Mt. Maude last year there was pumice everywhere (I'm sure some can be attributed to Glacier Peak). I guess that since they are not volcanoes they can be classified as non-volcanic.

In the past I had the good fortune of living in Seattle where I fell in love with the Cascades. As you can tell by my interest in your website the Cascades are always much on my mind. I have been able to spend about a week each summer out there which helps to rejuvenate my spirit.

Another thing. It is really good to see someone put out a website that has content on "The Cascades" and not just "The Cascade Volcanoes." Some people out there just concentrate on the volcanoes and that gets a bit old as they are leaving out about 95% of the mountains in the Cascades. I personally feel that many of the non-volcanics are more beautiful than the volcanoes. Mt. Stuart, Mt. Shuksan and Bonanza Peak are good examples of awesome mountains that get left off of people's websites merely because they are not volcanic. I think these mountains are some of the most beautiful in the lower 48, not just the Cascades. I don't think that there are any mountains in Colorado that can rival the three I just listed.

Keep up the good work,

—Paul Kuhn E-mail

Don (Webmaster)

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