From Interstate 5 in Burlington take WA 20 (North Cascades Highway) towards Sedro Woolley. Drive 47 miles to Marblemount and then get off on the Cascade River Road. Take this for 22 miles to a turnout (elevation 3,200 feet) beneath the impressive Northeast Face of Johannesburg Mountain.
Follow the climbers trail (originally a road to the Diamond Mine .75 miles above) to the vicinity of the mine site and then traverse open slopes. The climber’s trail is wiped out due to a large avalanche slide from Spring 2002. Continue North for approximately a half mile and cross four streams. A switchback trail leads to a moraine at 5,300 feet where multiple campsites and a compost toilet are located. a second camping area is located at 6,400 feet but remains snow covered until later in season.
Ascend the Quien Sabe Glacier to the Boston Sahale col. In good weather tthe col makes for an excellent bivy site and is about 2-3 hours from the base of the north face of Buckner. Ascend the large chossy southern subpeak of Boston and then descend the Boston Glacier and follow its margin along the Ripsaw Ridge towards the base of Mount Buckner.
Another alternative to gaining access to the Boston Glacier is to cross Sharkfin Col which involves some 5.7 climbing and loose rock with a 150 foot rappel to the glacier.
The only difficulty routefinding on the face involves getting around the bergshrund. The North Face route climbs up toward the east for 1300 feet. The true summit is the Southwest summit which is two feet or so higher than the east summit. From the summit one has excellent views of Boston’s summit block, Sahale Peak, Glacier Peak, and Forbidden Peak.
For the descent, one can downclimb the line of ascent or to the southwest through gullies and scree to Horseshoe Basin and the Davenport Glacier and return towards the Sahale Arm and Cascade Pass
Ice axe,crampons, second ice tool, ice screws/pickets, crevasse rescue gear
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