Our partner company NW Alpine Guides located in the Pacific Northwest operates all our domestic alpine climbs, mountaineering courses, and backcountry ski adventures. Learn more about NW Alpine Guides
If you already have an interest in mountaineering or if you are an outdoor sports enthusiast looking for your next physical challenge, a summit climb in the Pacific Northwest may be just what you are looking for. The peaks of the Northwest are a perfect place to learn mountaineering or advance your current skills and NW Alpine Guides is ready to take you there. The peaks of the Cascades are the perfect training ground to try out the exciting sport of mountaineering and develop the skills needed to climb bigger mountains.
What climbs does Northwest Alpine Guides offer?
For those with mountaineering or outdoor backpacking experience we offer standalone summit climbs to numerous peaks within the Pacific Northwest. NW Alpine Guides incorporates basic instruction of climbing skills and safety into each of our climbs to ensure that you are advancing your skills while you’re enjoying the adventure!
- Mount Baker – at almost 10,800 feet, Baker is the third highest summit in Washington and the one heaviest with glaciers. You can climb Mount Baker as a two-day group tour on the Easton Glacier or Coleman/Deming Glacier routes, as a private climb, or in conjunction with an Intro to Mountaineering or Glacier Mountaineering course. For advanced climbers, Mount Baker presents the Northridge route.
- Mount Rainier – at over 14,400 feet, Rainier is one of the tallest peaks in the contiguous US. Your climb will take you up the Disappointment Clever route to the upper Emmons glacier and then up to the Columbia Crest summit where you’ll stand at the highest point in the Cascades!
- Mount Shuksan – at 9,127 feet, Shuksan is a challenge and features terrain from forest to glacier to exposed rock scramble. Mount Shuksan presents two route options Mount Shuksan Sulphide Glacier for beginner climbers or Mount Shuksan Fisher Chimneys for intermediate climbers. This summit can be attempted as a group climb, private or in conjunction with the Alpine Mountaineering Skills course.
- Sahale Peak – at 8,680 feet, Sahale is a moderate climb with stunning 360 degree views of the Cascades. You’ll trek forest to creek, up exposed rock and across a snow ridge. Sahale Mountain presents two route options Sahale Peak Quien Sabe Glacier or Sahale Glacier. Our guides will teach you skills en route (throughout the climb) or Sahale Peak can be part of an Alpine Mountaineering Skills course.
- Glacier Peak – or “Dakobed” as known in the Sauk Indian dialect from the South Side standard route via the Gerdine and Cool Glaciers. Glacier Peak stands alone in the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area as the most isolated of the five major Washington State volcanoes.
- Forbidden Peak – at 8,815 feet is located within the spectacular Boston Basin. For advanced climbers, the classic West Ridge route is considered one of the best moderate alpine route climbs in North Cascades National Park.