Glacier Peak Wilderness

Glacier Peak Wilderness, photo by Gary Paull, US Forest Service.Rugged and extreme, this is a prominent destination for many outdoor enthusiasts. Glacier Peak’s highest summit is at 10,541 feet, with tattered ridges and summits draped with active glaciers.  Steep fractured walls and ragged peaks lead to deep U-shaped valleys tangled with huckleberry bushes and other woody plants.

More than 200 lakes scattered throughout this wilderness; many are unnamed and difficult to access. You may encounter bears, wolverines and gray wolves. Snows can accumulate to depths of 45 feet on the west side of the crest. You can explore 100 trails of varying difficulty for more than 450 miles. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail follows the crest about 60 miles through the wilderness. Hikers from the west side follow the Suiattle River Trail to join the PCT.

This mountain climbers’ paradise boasts routes on 140 peaks and faces with rates among the best in America. Blue Mountain’s 700-foot granite face routes are rated as high as 5.10. Other faces in the wilderness exceed 1,000 feet.

Congress designated the Glacier Peak Wilderness in 1964 with 570,573 acres, 283,252 acres within the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The Glacier Peak Wilderness borders Stephen Mather Wilderness to the north and Henry M. Jackson Wilderness to the south.