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Marble Peak

 
Marble Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.05642°N / 121.56745°W

Object Title: Marble Peak

County: Snohomish

Elevation: 5111 ft / 1558 m

 

Page By: kevinsa

Created/Edited: Jul 12, 2012 / Jan 27, 2014

Object ID: 800015

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Overview

Marble Peak is a minor summit 19 miles east of Granite Falls, WA. While not nearly as impressive as its big brother (Hall Peak), it offers many of the same views for far less effort. Marble makes an excellent early season ascent, but can be done fairly easily any time of year. The most difficult portion of the climb starts within 20 paces of your car - crossing the South Fork Stillaguamish River. Park near the interpretive sign for Marble Pass.

Update: Guard rails have recently been installed near the Marble Pass sign, which will require parking a short distance up or down the road.

Parking for Marble Peak
The 'old' parking location for Marble Peak. The county has installed guard rails at this location, which will make it necessary to park just west or east of this location. 


When the water is not too high, one could wade across the river at this point, but I found it much easier to float across in my $15 inflatable raft. (At this point, according to the Cascade Alpine Guide, you have the option of heading upriver and taking Marble Gulch/Marble Pass to complete the climb. To me, the ridge on climber's right of Marble Gulch looks much simpler and safer, so that is the route described here.)After stashing your hip waders or raft, just plunge into the woods and start heading straight up. It is fairly open forest without too much brush to contend with. The first 500' of the ridge is the steepest, and the overall angle will get progressively shallower as you ascend.

Marble Peak from Anaconda Peak/Gordon Ridge
Preferred route is ridge just right of center - Marble Gulch just left of center 

Marble Peak from Anaconda Peak - March 2010
 Marble Peak from Anaconda Peak - March 2010


Once above 4000', you have two options: 1.Stay on the ridge, making minor detours to the right to avoid rock steps, or 2.Drop off the ridge to the right, and make a rising traverse to climber's right in the basin below the summit block. From here you can join the SW trending summit ridge for an easy scramble to the top. Option 2 is probably easier, but the basin below the summit should be avoided if there is any avalanche potential. Despite its short stature, Marble Peak provides nice views, including a good look at Copper Lake and Vesper Glacier.

Marble Peak summit pano
Marble Peak summit pano 

Copper Lake and Vesper Glacier from Marble Peak
Vesper Peak, Vesper Glacier, and Copper Lake 

Getting There

Take the mountain loop highway east from Granite Falls for 21 miles, and park near the interpretive sign for Marble Pass. If you see the town of Silverton, you have gone too far.

Marble Peak route map
Marble Peak route map. Which variation you choose will likely depend on snow conditions.

Red Tape

No parking pass is required to park at this location.

Camping

Plenty of camping can be found along the South Fork Stillaguamish River. Simply find a safe spot to park on the side of the highway and find your own camp, or pay to use a Forest Service campground if you are more civilized.

Images

Marble Peak from Anaconda Peak/Gordon RidgeCopper Lake and Vesper Glacier from Marble PeakMarble Peak, Hall Peak, and Glacier Peak from Explorer HillHall Peak and Marble Peak PanoramaMarble Peak summit panoParking for Marble PeakMarble Peak route map
Marble Peak and Mount Pugh from Everett Peak