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.
Sahale Glacier via Cascade Pass Itinerary
Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.
Day 1 • Hike to Camp • 7,200 feet
Gear check and drive to the trailhead. Hike to Cascade Pass. We camp at the base of the Sahale Glacier via the Sahale Arm route. Basic climb school. 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.
Day 2 • Summit Day via Sahale Glacier • 8,680 feet
Summit day starts early. The climb ascends the Sahale Glacier from camp to the base of the summit pyramid. We scramble rock (class 3) to the summit. Rappel and descend to camp. After arriving back in camp, we pack our gear and return to the trailhead.
Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.
NW 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