Inspiration Glacier • 3-day – $890
Inspiration Glacier • 2-day – $790 (advanced) 2:1 ratio
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Eldorado Peak is considered the “Queen of the Cascade River“. The peak is perched at the edge of the largest contiguous ice-sheet in the lower 48 states known as the Klawatti-Inspiration-McAlister icecap. The climb presents a moderate challenge with amazing views of Dorado Needle, Forbidden Peak, Mount Buckner, Mount Logan, Johannesburg and the other peaks of the Ptarmigan Traverse. The final Knife-edge summit ridge offers a thrilling and extremely exposed snow traverse. Our ascent climbs the moderate Eldorado and Inspiration glaciers and ascends the East Ridge to the summit. On the approach we climb steeply through heavy timber and a boulder field which gives way to a beautiful alpine basin. We have the option of setting high camp in the Eldorado Basin or moving higher to the Inspiration Glacier. Our professional guides will introduce and teach you the skills necessary to make a safe and successful climb. Eldorado route map
Climbs begins and ends in North Cascades NP
Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.
Day 1 • Hike to High Camp
Gear check and drive to the trailhead. Hike to camp in the Eldorado Basin. Basic climb school.
Day 2 • Summit Day via Inspiration Glacier • 8,876 feet
Summit day starts early. The climb ascends the Inspiration Glacier from camp to the Eastridge and the base of the summit pyramid. We climb snow slopes before reaching the final exposed knife edge ridge to the summit. Return to camp.
Day 3 • Hike to Trailhead
After breakfast we pack our gear and return to the trailhead.
Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.
NWAG makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
Where to Meet
8:00 am, the morning of the climb, we meet in Sedro Woolley for equipment check before heading to the trailhead.
We will email you PreClimb info including gear list and departure details upon registration.
Registration and Payments
$500.00 deposit includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to start date. Please read NW Alpine Guides Reservation/Refund Policy for details.
Guided climb and instruction
Boiled water for meals
Professional mountain guide
Group equipment (including tents, ropes, stoves, etc.)
Services not included
Trailhead parking fees (NW Forest Pass)
Meals and snack food
Hotels or lodging
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage