Black Peak

Featured photo of Black Peak

Black Peak is located about four miles west of Rainy Pass (on the North Cascades Highway). The peak is composed of highly fractured granitic rock and has several small glaciers on its north side. The south slopes of the peak are relatively gentle with much scree. The northern side is far more rugged with the sharp northeast ridge being the most prominent feature.

Elevation (feet): 8,970
Elevation (meters): 2,734
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 48.523597
Longitude: -120.815835
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1926
First successful climber(s): Lage Wernstedt and unknown companion
Nearest major airport: Seattle, WA
Convenient Center: Winthrop, WA

Thanks to Fred Spicker for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Black Peak.

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  • Log #9563 - by don fraziers on Sep 03, 2003
    Beautiful day, no wind, no clouds and plenty of views. left TH at 7:49 AM arrived at summit at 11:11 AM. Day trip. No summit register.
  • Log #9564 - by Will Wright on Jan 20, 2002
    Went for a somewhat unconventional ascent of Black Peak over two days in late August of this very dry year. Didn't even make it to the trailhead at Rainy Pass until 4:00 in the afternoon (quite a bit...
  • Log #9565 - by M. Stanton on Oct 01, 2001
    Also via the Northeast Ridge. We had beautiful weather, with a nice chill in the air. We avoided one steep tower low on the ridge by traversing on the left, but otherwise stayed right on it. The...
  • Log #9566 - by Fred Spicker on May 28, 1999
    Ascent via the Northeast Ridge. A very enjoyable climb. It is mostly class 3 and 4 with a couple of easy class 5 spots and very exposed. The best way is to stay directly on the ridge crest.