Mount Shuksan

Washington, United States of America

Not Suitable For Families

About Mount Shuksan

Mount Shuksan lies in the North Cascades National Park in the state of Washington. Its elevation is 2,783 m (9,131 ft) and though not the tallest peak in the Cascade Range, it is probably one of the most photographed.

The highest point on the mountain is Summit Pyramid, a three-sided peak. There are two named subsidiary peaks, Noorsack Tower and The Hourglass.

The mountain also features Sulphide Creek Falls, a sheer drop from Sulphide Lake on the south east side of mount Shuksan plunging down a narrow, tiered gulley. Although it’s never been accurately measured, it is thought to stand at around 665 m (2,182 ft) and as such is one of the highest waterfalls in North America.


The first recorded ascent was by Asahel Curtis and party in 1906. For modern-day climbers, Mount Shuksan offers it all: every route involves a range of skills to reach the top, including traversing glaciers and snow, ice and rock climbing. It also suits a range of abilities, from the simple Sulphide Glacier route to the classic Fisher Chimneys route.

Once at the top, there are outstanding views, not just of the surrounding National Park, but also another famed peak, Mount Rainier, which is nearly 225 km (~140 mi) away.

Landscape Photography
Skiing & Snowboarding
Cross-Country Skiing
Rock Climbing
Ice Climbing
Washington, United States of America
Latitude: 48.830939, Longitude: -121.602823