Sahale Mountain is a jagged, glaciated mountain, in North Cascades National Park. Sahale Peak stands at the head of Cascade Pass and the impressive Stehekin Valley. The Sahale Glacier lies just south of the summit and east of Sahale Arm, a ridge that extends southwest from Sahale to Cascade Pass. The mountain is known for its panoramic views.
Sahale Glacier via Cascade Pass • 2 Day Ascent
The Sahale Arm via Cascade pass is an excellent climb for beginner climbers. The route requires less time and is less technical than the Quien Sabe Glacier approach. From high camp we climb the Sahale Glacier to the base of the summit pyramid. There is a short rock scramble (class 3) to the 8,680-foot summit. The views from the summit are amazing with a 360-degree panorama of the Cascade Range. On the descent we rappel and down climb to the glacier. We also have of option of making a sunset summit climb on day one, descending from the summit pyramid as the sunsets over the North Cascades, returning to overnight at camp. It’s quite common to see mountain goats grazing along the Sahale Arm trail and at Sahale high camp.
Cascade Pass / Sahale Arm Approach
- Approach Time to Camp: 4-5 hours
- Distance: 6 miles, 3600 ft. gain
- Trailhead: Cascade Pass / Sahale Arm, 3600 ft.
- Cascade Pass: 5400 ft.
- High Camp: 7200 ft.
- Camp to Summit: 2.5 hours, 1,500 ft. gain
- Trail synopsis: Hike 3.7 miles through heavy timber, climbing 1,800 feet in the first 2 miles, to Cascade Pass. Take the left fork trail and ascend Sahale Arm to Sahale Glacier Camp. Views of peaks such as Johannesburg, Magic, Mixup, Doubtful Lake and the Stehekin can be enjoyed.
- Enjoy a Northwest Alpine Guides adventure and summit a beautiful peak in the heart of North Cascades National Park.
- Climb on glaciers and alpine rock up to the spectacular summit block of Sahale Mountain.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 • Hike to High Camp
Day 2 • Summit Day
This ascent is an entry level summit climb and is suitable for climbers in excellent physical condition with no prior mountaineering experience. A one hour climbing skills training will be taught.
3 to 1 Climber to Guide Ratio
We lead the Sahale Mountain Sahale Glacier route at a 3 to 1 climber to guide ratio ensuring that you receive personal attention and hands-on instruction throughout the climb.
Northwest Alpine Guides is an authorized outfitter guide service within North Cascades National Park
Sahale Glacier via Cascade Pass Itinerary
Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.
Day 1 • Hike to Camp • 7,200 feet
Meet in Sedro Woolley, WA.
Northwest Alpine Guides will provide you with a detailed PreClimb departure book upon registration including personal gear list, meeting location and driving directions.
Our alpine guides will meet you for team introductions, gear check, and group gear distribution. The drive to Cascade Pass trailhead at 3,600 feet takes approximately two hours.
The hike to high camp takes 4 to 5 hours. The team will set camp at 7,200. Our camp is located at the toe of the Sahale Glacier on the Sahale Arm route. We often climb to the summit the same evening, watching the sunset over the peaks of the North Cascades as we descend from the summit pyramid and return to camp. The team enjoys dinner.
Accommodations: Tented Camp
Day 2 • Summit Day via Sahale Glacier • 8,680 feet
Our summit day starts early with a pre-dawn alpine start. From high camp, we the Sahale Glacier to the base of the summit pyramid. We scramble a few hundred feet of third class rock to the summit.
After enjoying summit views from Sahale Mountains highest point and celebrating our success we rappel our route and descend to high camp. We pack our gear and retrace the hike back to the trailhead.
We usually arrive back to the trailhead by mid-afternoon and conclude our adventure in Sedro Woolley.
Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.
Northwest Alpine Guides makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
Where to Meet
8:00 am, the morning of the climb, we meet in Sedro Woolley for equipment check before heading to the trailhead. We will email you PreClimb info including gear list and departure details upon registration.
Deposit and Payments
$500.00 deposit includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application.
- Guided climb and instruction
- Boiled water for meals
- Professional mountain guide
- Group equipment (including tents, ropes, stoves, etc.)
- Wilderness Permits
Price Does Not Include
- Trailhead parking fees (NW Forest Pass)
- Meals and snack food
- Personal gear
- Hotels or lodging
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Medical and evacuation coverage
- Staff gratuities