Boston Peak

Elevation (feet): 8,894
Elevation (meters): 2,711
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 48.495564
Longitude: -121.035991
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1938
First successful climber(s): Calder Bressler, Ray Clough, Bill Cox, Tom Myers
Nearest major airport: Seattle-Tacoma
Convenient Center: Everett

Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.

Boston Peak is located in the Cascade Pass area of North Cascades National Park. Boston is situated 2.5 miles NNE of Cascade Pass in an area of supreme alpine beauty. Three high ridges connect Boston to three other famous peaks. A long northwest-trending ridge connects to Forbidden Peak. A short but high south-trending ridge connects to Sahale Mountain, and a spectacular high sharp arete known as Ripsaw Ridge connects to the east to Buckner Mountain. Boston is surrounded by glaciers: the smaller Davenport Glacier to the southeast, the Quien Sabe Glacier to the west, and the immense Boston Glacier on the north.

Approach Boston Peak from the North Cascades Highway. At the town of Marblemount, leave the highway and cross the bridge and drive the Cascade River Road to road's end below Cascade Pass and Johannesburg Mountain. The climb can be done one of two ways. One approach is via Boston Basin and an ascent of the Quien Sabe Glacier to the Sahale-Boston col. The other approach is via the Cascade Pass Trail to Sahale Mountain, then over the summit of Sahale and drop to the col. The summit is climbed carefully as the steep class 4 rock is loose and friable: not an enticing climb with more attractive peaks nearby.

Boston Peak's name is derived from the late 1800’s Boston Mine on the southeast slope below the peak. Boston is the 23rd highest peak in the state of Washington.

Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 2, for information about climbing routes.

Thanks to Ronald James for this description.