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Glacier Peak, Washington (10,541') Oct 2, 2010

On a gorgeous early fall day in October I did a solo ascent of Washington's 5th highest peak, a rigged and isolated volcano called Glacier Peak.  I did about 33 miles round trip in a very long 16 hour day.  Stats are below and so are some photos.


Overview:
Started: North Fork Sauk River TH at 2,100' at 415am
Pacific Crest Trail Junction by 8am (8.5 miles up)
Foam Creek Pass: 9am
Reflection Lakes: 1030am
Suiattle Pass: 11:15am
Disappointment Peak (9700'): 1215am
Summit of Glacier Peak (10,541') Approx 1245pm (8hrs 30mins up)
30 Minutes on the Summit.
Descent to the North Fork Sauk TH: 815pm.


Fall colors from changing huckleberries along the PCT.

A great view of the peak from near the White Chuck Glacier.

A Challenging climb up to Disappointment Peak before heading up to the summit.






















Had to do some class 4 and 5 moves to gain the final ridge!


Peering down the steep South Face!


The final summit pitch snow chute to the top.......getting close.

Spectacular summit views from Oregon to the Canada border! Mt. Baker to the NE in the background.



Looking back south towards the direction I came up........Rainier and Mt. Stuart in the distance with the Suiattle (L) and White Chuck (R) Glaciers.


Heading back I crossed tons of cool terrain, the glacial outwash plains of the White Chuck glacier........

Glacier Terminus

Back on the Pacific Crest Trail on the way back to the TH.

See the Black Bear?