THE eldorado SUMMIT HAS A HIMALAYAN-LIKE SPLENDOR.
8,868' - Cascades Mountain Range, WA.
This climb is open to all physically fit enthusiastic novices, beginners, and advance climbers. Prior experience with backpacking and camping is highly recommended. Climbers will be expected to train for the climb and be able to carry a 50-pound pack for extended periods.
Airfare not included but all lodging and camping gear and meals will be provided. Climbers are responsible for personal gear and nutrition.
July 15 - 18, 2018
Don't be fooled by the relatively lower elevation. This mountain is home to dramatic peaks and a true mountain experience. Beginners and novice climbers alike will be challenged on this climb.
Described by most as “an awe-inspiring alpine ascent”, this three to four-day climb is one of the classic climbs in the Pacific Northwest. According to climbing legend, Fred Beckey, Eldorado Peak is the “Queen of the Cascade River”. Towering at 8,876 feet in elevation, climbers will ascend a little over 6,700 feet to reach the summit of this beauty. The North Cascades is the training ground for climbers desiring to gain experience before hitting the big mountains and more technical alpine routes. DO NOT be fooled by the lower elevation as this peak boasts a classic alpine approach through water-crossings, scree/talus and boulder fields, and glaciers to get to high camp. At high camp, you’ll be afforded with one of the best views you will ever experience. The summit push will have your heart pounding as you work your way up an exhilarating knife snow ridge to the very tiny summit of Eldorado Peak.
Times: 5-6 hr trailhead to camp, 3-5 hr camp to summit.
Day 1: Drive from Seattle to Trailhead (3hrs). Hike to Low camp with views of the Boston Basin. Depending on Fitness levels, we may move to high camp at the base of El Dorado
Day 2: Move to High camp, with a glacier class in the afternoon. Make preparations for summit attempt early morning of Day 3.
Day 3: Summit and enjoy the view of the North Cascades. Return to camp and the trailhead. Be back in Seattle around 9pm.
Day 4: This is an optional day to return so we aren’t that crunched for time. If we go with this additional day, we would spend more time in the crevasses and spend the night on Day 3. Pack up and drive home on day 4.