Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Additional Information County: Whatcom
Activities Activities: Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Scrambling
Seasons Season: Summer
Sign the Climber's Log


Long rocky ridgleline between Seahpo Peak and the summit ice plateau of Mt Shuksan. No easy approaches, and constant exposure and 3rd-4th class climbing with occasional snow and ice interludes make this a significant undertaking for any party.

Getting There

Approach from either Seahpo Peak via Nooksack Cirque/ Icy Peak, or from Mt Shuksan via Crystal Glacier.


As per Beckey Guide Vol. 3:


From Seahpo Peak: Starting from Seahpo, descend slabs and gullies to a knob protruding from the snow (bivy site), then cross a small glacier; one should keep as high as possible here. Then traverse roughly 2 miles of rocky buttresses under various small summits (solid rock, Class 3); a slanting snow finger and steep rock scrambling lead to the upper Crystal Glacier.  From Crystal Glacier: Reverse the Seahpo Peak route and exit via Nooksack Cirque.

Red Tape

As this is in the North Cascades National Park, you will need a camping permit, and a Northwest Forest Pass to park at the trailhead. Parties are limited to a maximum of 6 people

When to Climb

Given the steepness of the rock, and the relative difficulty, length, and exposure of all the routes, it is only really feasible in mid-summer through early fall, before the first snows, and after the approach trails have melted out enough to approach quickly.


No spots for full on tent camping, but there's a few small bivy spots along the ridgeline.

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