Mount Daniel

Mt. Daniel is an easy summit, great for a "First Summit". A six mile hike from the trailhead will take you to the first of three possible campsites. The hike is straightforward, except for a traverse under cathedral rock that demands attention. This campsitem on a grassy field, has good access to running water, and is a 15 minute walk from the the permanent snow fields. Another possible campsite, is up by the lower snowfields. The third possible camp, is about 20 minutes (without a pack) up rock and snow terraces. This put you right at the base of an enormous snow bowl. From any of these camps, you continue into the snow bowl. From ther you can continue up to the right, up a 45 degree gulley. After the gulley, you turn left and head up a snowslope with a nice runout up to the East Summit. From there you traverse down the South to a gap in the ridge, where you cross over the ridge, This is where the second route meets the first route. The second route bears left in the snowbowl, and continues up a gentle slope, not requiring ropes. From there, you traverse right until the notch in the ridge. From the ridge it is a short rocky traverse on an at times non-existent path. From there a short snow slope takes you to the final level ridge to the summit. The true summit is about 40 feet up loose grade 5 rock.

Elevation (feet): 7,899
Elevation (meters): 2,408
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington
Latitude: 47.562656
Longitude: -121.171947
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Nearest major airport: SeaTac
Convenient Center: Seattle

Thanks to Joseph Abel for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

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

There are 8 trip reports for Mount Daniel.

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  • Log #12679 - by Jon Loeffler on July 29, 2003
    The Bush School Bushwhackers enjoyed two days of ambling through the mountains. Our first time up to the deception pass area was one to remember. We camped at 7000' on the snow plateau above the Hyas...
  • Log #12680 - by tradclimber on Dec 16, 2002
    This was my first Alpine climb. The crux was the hitchhike to the trail head, and the two day hike in!
  • Log #12682 - by lee coutermarsh on Sep 17, 2001
    Ahhhh what a great 2 day summit in awesome weather. No bugs to speak of on this date. Started out at horse camp and followed horse dung@$&##(#@^$ to the peggy pond cut-off and thank god horses...
  • Log #12683 - by John Malnoroy on July 30, 2001
    Summited with Tim Salaza in 1 day car to car on our own trail (not a good idea). Did little too no research of the peak just brought a topo map and went to work. At the trail head to hyas lake at 6...
  • Log #12684 - by Mike Adamson on July 27, 2001
    Camp above Peggy's pond in the Hyas Creek basin for a less buggy experience, but I agree that this peak can/should be easily climbed car to car. Car to car time for Ray Borbon and I was something...
  • Log #12685 - by Alan Kane on May 31, 2001
    A good approach trail and if you're in shape, no need to camp as it can easily be done in a day. 5 hrs car to (true) summit, did not encounter any grade 5 rock at summit. The route merely involves...
  • Log #12686 - by Fred Spicker on Feb 24, 2001
    Ascent via the SE Ridge. About 2 feet of fresh snow - a lot of "post holing".
  • Log #12687 - by Joseph Abel on Dec 01, 2000
    Lowest campsite was unbearably buggy. Middle campsite has great views, plus a great snow-school snow slope just a few feet away. The middle campsite can be a windtunnel. During my climb the wind was...