Luna Peak is one of the peaks that form the rugged and remote Picket Range, a sub-range of the Cascades. It is located within North Cascades National Park and east of Mount Challenger. Its descriptive name is derived from the fact that a long ridge connects the peak to the rest of the range making it a sort of satellite peak of the Pickets. A long, difficult approach from the east coupled with notoriously bad weather makes this a relatively infrequently climbed mountain, but is well worth the effort because the view from the summit is arguably the best in the Cascade Range. The standard approach is a scramble via the Southwest Ridge.
Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 3, for information on the established climbing route on Luna Peak.
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1938|
|First successful climber(s):||Bill Cox, Will Thompson|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|