Magic Mountain is located along the southern boundary of the south unit of North Cascades National Park. Magic anchors the north end of the Ptarmigan Traverse and can best be seen from Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm. Rock is Magic Mountain Gneiss.
Directions: From the town of Marblemount, drive to the end of the Cascade River Road and here find the trailhead to Cascade Pass. The trail switchbacks through forest about four miles to Cascade Pass. Cascade Pass has trails heading to all four points of the compass. Take the path that leads south, first traversing heather slopes, cross a gully and continue traversing talus and snowfields occasionally relocating the path as it makes its way to the Cache Glacier. Ascend the glacier to Cache Col which is much wider, higher, and east of Gunsight Notch. The Ptarmigan Traverse path reappears at Cache Col and descends to Kool-Aid Lake which is a campsite along the PT. From the lake ascend heather slopes east up to the saddle, find a path at the saddle that climbs north along rock and snow slopes of the South Ridge to the false summit. From the false summit drop about 50 feet to gain access to the class 3 summit block. The summit is sharp and airy with great views of Eldorado, Sahale, Buckner, Johannesburg, Spider, and Formidable. Magic Mountain is not a technical climb, but does require ice ax and crampons for the Cache Glacier.
Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 2, for a complete list of several other established routes on Magic Mountain.
|Difficulty:||Basic Snow/Ice Climb|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Year first climbed:||1938|
|First successful climber(s):||Calder T. Bressler, Ralph W. Clough, Bill Cox, and Tom Myers|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
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