Mount Degenhardt is located in North Cascades National Park in the rugged and remote Picket Range, which is a compact gneissic sub-range of the Cascades. A craggy alpine summit with a steep north slope, Mt. Degenhardt is situated southeast of Mount Terror and west of Inspiration Peak in the Southern Pickets. Mount Degenhardt is wedged between a small hanging glacier on the north slope called the Degenhardt Glacier and the Terror Glacier which resides on its southeast slope. Mount Degenhardt has a secondary summit on its east ridge called The Pyramid. (7920 feet)
The mountain is named as a memorial to William A. Degenhardt who made the first ascent with climbing companion Herbert Strandberg in 1931. During that year, the pair made a number of first ascents in this area around the Skagit River. Bill Degenhardt was born in 1902 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and had lived in Seattle since 1921. He later served as president of The Mountaineers organization from 1952 to 1954 before his death in 1956.
The Picket Range is characterized by intense alpine scenery of jagged peaks cut by glaciers. This area is remote and any approach is long and difficult. The wet weather pattern from Pacific storms adds to the difficulties of climbing Mount Degenhardt. Ice axe, rope, protection, and crampons are recommended for a multi-day expedition.
Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 3, for information on the established climbing routes on Mt. Degenhardt.
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1931|
|First successful climber(s):||William Degenhardt and Herbert Strandberg|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|