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Mt. Shuksan via Sulphide Glacier

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This route is the easiest way to the summit of 9,131-foot Mt. Shuksan.

The trail starts on the Shannon Ridge trail, which follows a creek through forest before zigzagging up to crest the ridge. Follow the ridge to a steep pass that leads onto Shuksan’s southern flank. Traverse northeast to reach the Sulphide glacier, and continue up over rises on the glacier’s western (left) edge.

At the highest rise, head northeast towards the rocky pyramid summit. The summit gully is melted out by late July and requires fourth-class scrambling, with rappel stations to make the descent safer. When snowy, the summit gully is a little more precarious and may require setting pickets for protection.

The ski down the sulphide glacier is mellow and enjoyable. Follow the line of ascent to avoid crevasses.