North Cascades Scramble
My brother Steve has a love for the North Cascades and every once in a while I go
with him on a not-so-quite-explored trip in the region. This time I joined him on a scramble
up an unnamed peak just north of Mount Shuksan. We went on a beautiful fall day. The sun was out, but
traces of snow could be found on the route. We started by hiking along the climbers trail which leads to
Mount Shuksan. Once we reached the ridge of our peak we had to make a decision to climb up either the
east or west side. We tried the east side first thinking it would be easier to hike across its snow field.
Once we reached the snow we found out it was a bad decision. The snow was steep and icy which
made for a nervous ascent.
We then tried the West side which had no snow. The route was a little steep, but we were able to make
it up by clinging to heather and trees. On the top we were greeted by wonderful views of Mount Baker, Mount
Shuksan and the rest of the North Cascades. We were probably one of the very few people who had climbed this
peak, but we saw some local mountain goats further along the ridge who didn't this accomplishment was
much to get excited about.
the mystery peak
Steve approaching the ridge
Mount Baker as seen from the ridge
the treacherous western approach
at the summit
Steve at the summit with Shuksan in the background
the ridge to the north
heading down the east side
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October 12, 2002