Cascade Peak is located along the southern boundary of the south unit of North Cascades National Park. It is situated 1 mile southwest of Cascade Pass, 1 mile NW of Mixup Peak, one-third mile west of The Triplets, and a half mile east of Johannesburg Mountain. From the town of Marblemount, drive to the end of the Cascade River Road and here find the trailhead to Cascade Pass. The trail climbs switchbacks 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 Gunsight Notch. From Gunsight Notch, descend the gully and traverse west along alp slopes below Mixup Peak and The Triplets to reach the southwest slope of Cascade Peak. Cascade Peak's Southwest Route is class 3-4 friable rock, but does require ice axe and crampons for the Cache Glacier. From the summit one has views of Forbidden Peak, Eldorado, Sahale, Buckner, Formidable, Buckindy, Snowking, Johannesburg, and many more.
Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 2, for complete approach and route descriptions for all the other established routes on Cascade Peak.
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Year first climbed:||1950|
|First successful climber(s):||Fred Beckey, Pete Schoening, Phil Sharpe|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
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