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Glacier Peak
Glacier Peak is Washington’s most remote and least summited volcano. Climbing to its summit is a true wilderness experience, complete with hiking miles of trail through old growth forests, crossing ridges and glaciers, and enjoying scenic and peaceful camps deep in the backcountry. The final ascent up the Cool Glacier to the summit presents moderate climbing with spectacular views. Climbers of all skill levels who are looking for a classic wilderness experience will enjoy traveling into the heart of the cascades for this beautiful climb.
$1200 - $2200

Here’s What To Expect

Itinerary

Day 1: We’ll meet in the town of Darrington to do a Gear Check and review the trip itinerary before traveling to the North Fork Sauk Trailhead. This first day will be fully on trail, meandering up a river valley before a final switchbacking climb to meet the Pacific Crest Trail, where we will make camp.

Day 2: We’ll continue our approach, moving north toward Glacier Peak. A progressively more sparse trail weaves back and forth over ridgelines, crosses snowfields and glaciers and eventually brings us to Glacier Gap. Here we’ll set up camp and prepare for the next day’s summit push.

Day 3: In the morning we’ll pass through Glacier Gap and continue working the South Ridge toward the Cool Glacier. After gaining the glacier, we’ll continue our climb toward the final summit ridge. From the top of the glacier, a bit of climbing up talus slopes leads to the summit of Glacier Peak. Take in spectacular views over the surrounding wilderness before reversing your route to camp

Day 4: A morning departure will get us going on the descent to the cars. We’ll spend most of the last day hiking back to the trailhead the way we came, enjoying final scenic views back at Glacier Peak as we drop back into the rainforest.

This general itinerary is subject to change based on weather, route conditions and participant skill level, among other factors.
Trip Details
Ratio
1 - 4 Guests Per Guide
Season
June - September
Duration
4 Days
Skill level
Beginner +

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Skill Levels

Ski & Ride

Beginner

I’ve never (or only a handful of times) toured in the backcountry before.

Intermediate

I’ve toured a bit and been exposed to a variety of conditions in the backcountry.

Advanced

I’m a strong rider with at least a few seasons of experience touring in the backcountry riding a variety of conditions.

Expert

Skiing/Riding is life. I tour in the backcountry 60+ days per year and have many years of experience.

Alpine

Beginner

I’ve never (or only a handful of times) been alpine climbing before.

Intermediate

I’ve climbed a bit on snow as well as rock and understand the basics.

Advanced

I’m a strong climber with at least a few years of experience climbing snow, rock, and ice.

Expert

Climbing is life. I have many years of experience climbing big mountain objectives in steep variable terrain.

Rock

Beginner

I’ve never (or only a handful of times) been outdoor rock climbing before.

Intermediate

I’ve climbed a few outdoor multi-pitch rock climbs as a follower and understand the basics.

Advanced

I’m a strong climber with at least a few years of experience climbing multi-pitch routes outside (sometimes on lead).

Expert

Climbing is life. I have many years of experience climbing and am comfortable leading up to 5.9 trad.

Program Rates
$1200 - $2200

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Program Rates

Scheduled Programs

Scheduled Programs are open to all to sign up for. These programs are charged a flat rate per person, regardless of the number of people on your booking. This flat rate is often the same as the 3:1 per person rate. Scheduled programs tend to be more cost effective for groups of one or two people, and allow you to connect with other people with similar mountain interests and skill sets. 

Standard Programs

Day Rates
Overnight Rates
AIARE Courses
Ratio

1:1

1:2

1:3

1:4 +

Price

$500

$350

$300

$275

Ratio

1:1

1:2

1:3

1:4 +

Price

$550

$400

$350

$300

Ratio

Level 1

Level 2

Rescue

Mentorship

Price

$525

$525

$225

$100

Technical Programs

Cascade Mountain Ascents pays guides more when they are working in terrain that is more involved or poses higher objective hazard. Therefore, a surcharge is added to trips we deem Challenging ($100) and Complex ($200). A custom surcharge may apply to non-standard programs and will be worked out by the guide and administrative staff along with the guest(s) during program design. Here’s more information on Technical Program Surcharges

Learn More

Program Rates

Scheduled Programs

Scheduled Programs are open to all to sign up for. These programs are charged a flat rate per person, regardless of the number of people on your booking. This flat rate is often the same as the 3:1 per person rate. Scheduled programs tend to be more cost effective for groups of one or two people, and allow you to connect with other people with similar mountain interests and skill sets. 

Standard Programs

Day Rates

Ratio
Price
1:1 $500
1:2 $350
1:3 $300
1:4 + $275

Overnight Rates

Ratio
Price
1:1 $550
1:2 $400
1:3 $350
1:4 + $300

Day Rates

Ratio
Price
Level 1 $525
Level 2 $525
Rescue $225
Mentorship $100

Technical Programs

Cascade Mountain Ascents pays guides more when they are working in terrain that is more involved or poses higher objective hazard. Therefore, a surcharge is added to trips we deem Challenging ($100) and Complex ($200). A custom surcharge may apply to non-standard programs and will be worked out by the guide and administrative staff along with the guest(s) during program design. Here’s more information on Technical Program Surcharges

This general itinerary is subject to change based on weather, route conditions and participant skill level, among other factors.

Program Cost Includes: Ropes, tents, stoves, fuel, 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Program Cost Does NOT Include: Transportation

Trip Reviews
“I have skied with all of the guides at CMA and have had great experiences. They are passionate about their craft, and it shows in the experiences they provide. They know where to find the best skiing and have extensive knowledge of the local terrain.”

They do the essentials really well: they’re professional, knowledgeable and competent, great teachers, and always keep an eye on safety as every guide service must. What sets them apart for me is that they do all that AND make it FUN. Some of the best times I’ve ever had in the mountains are with this crew. I highly recommend them!”

I hired this guide crew for technical education and then returned for their recreational guiding services. I’ll continue to lean on Cascade Mountain Ascents to bring me further into the backcountry and advance my technical skills in the mountains.”

Zack and Cascade Mountain Ascents is the best choice for your adventure no matter your skill level. From beginner to seasoned pro, Zack has you covered. His knowledge and skills of all-terrain and mountain situations had us feeling safe and confident all the way.”