Glacier Peak Summit

By Brian Sather — updated Mon, 8/22/2011 - 9:10 PM, created Mon, 8/22/2011 - 8:05 PM

1.96 miles (3.154 km)

Elevation Gain:
2235.55 ft. (681.4 m)
Elevation Loss:
-959.94 ft. (-292.59 m)

Max Altitude:
9570.21 ft. (2917 m)
Min Altitude:
8169.29 ft. (2490 m)
This tasty summit in the heart of the Wallowa Mountains is a rocky climb with a bit of scrambling on very loose rock. The summit is a somewhat narrow ridge that is accessible from the Lakes Management Basin. The route here is shown starting at Glacier Lake, climbing to the summit and then traversing over to Eagle Cap Summit. There is no established trail. The route up includes hiking on talus or snow. The northern ridge toward Eagle Cap includes a hairy descent off the summit on some crumbling rock. No ropes are needed but there is some exposure on both sides at times. After climbing down a few vertical feet, join the shale on the north side below a spine ridge to traverse toward Eagle Cap summit, which is visible the entire way. Elevation: 9495 ft.
    Scrambling up the steeper part of the north ridge, nearing the summit.
    A view of Eagle Cap to the right.