|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1939|
|First successful climber(s):||Fred Beckey, Lloyd Anderson, Clint Kelley|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.
Mount Despair is located in North Cascades National Park west of the rugged and remote Picket Range, which is a compact gneissic sub-range of the Cascades. Despair is a granitic wedge with steep sides and is situated 2.3 miles north of Mount Triumph, and six miles southwest of Mount Challenger and Mount Fury. Mount Despair has two nearly equal-in-height summits known as the South Peak, and the slightly lower North Peak. There are small glacier remnants on the east slope above the Goodell Creek valley. Lage Wernstedt named Mount Despair and this name first appeared on maps in 1931.
The North Cascades are 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 Despair. The approach to Despair is typically via the Thornton Lakes Road and Thornton Lakes Trail. Climb the south slope from Triumph Pass.
Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 3, for information on the established climbing routes on Mount Despair.
Thanks to Ronald James for this description.