One of the most popular climbs in the North Cascades, Eldorado has a challenging approach hike with exceptional scenery. Endurance for getting to the peak is more of a requirement than technical climbing skill. The knife-edged summit ridge is a classic of many photos

Activity Notes

This climb is dependent on getting a Backcountry Permit for the North Cascades National Park.

Having said that, Eldorado Peak is a wonderful summit in the heart of the North Cascades and an awesome vantage point for everything from Canada to Rainier!

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 310 miles
Driving Time from Portland 6 hours
General Route Info summitpost mountain forecast Ercis base camp trip report
Expected Duration Car to car in two or more days
Relevant Books Climbing Washington’s Mountains, by Jeff Smoot Classic Climbs of the Northwest, by Alan Kearney Selected Climbs in the Cascades Vol. 1, by Nelson and Potterfield Cascade Alpine Guide: Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass, by Fred Beckey
Relevant Maps USGS Eldorado Peak and Sonny Boy Lakes Green Trails Cascade Pass Google map
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