The Sahale Mountain area is unsurpassed for alpine beauty in the North Cascades. Sahale Mountain, also known as Sahale Peak, is located in the south unit of North Cascades National Park. From the town of Marblemount, drive to the end of the Cascade River Road and here find the trailhead to Cascade Pass. The historic Cascade Pass Trail switchbacks about four miles through forest to Cascade Pass. From the pass, locate the trail heading north up Sahale Arm, and in about 3 more miles of breathtaking scenery above treeline finally reach the Sahale Glacier. There are established campsites on the moraine below the glacier. Ascend the relatively benign and gentle glacier to the summit pyramid, and then scramble the final exposed 100 feet to the tiny sharp summit with space for only a couple persons. There is also a route via the Quien Sabe Glacier from Boston Basin. The 360 degree panoramic vista from the summit is simply stunning and must be experienced to be appreciated. From the summit, one has a commanding view of hundreds of peaks in the North Cascades including, but not limited to: Boston, Logan, Buckner, Goode, Bonanza, Trapper, Magic, Spider, Dome, Glacier Peak, Formidable, Mixup, Buckindy, Johannesburg, Baker, Eldorado, and Forbidden. The name Sahale comes from Indian legend and means "high up" or high heavenly ground. The first ascent was made by John Carlton and Albert Sylvester in 1897.
Refer to Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Vol. 1, by Potterfield and Nelson for information on the Quien Sabe Glacier route.
|Difficulty:||Basic Snow/Ice Climb|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1897|
|First successful climber(s):||John Carlton & Albert Sylvester|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
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