This trail is frequently used by climbers attempting to summit 9,127-foot Mount Shuksan via the Sulphide Glacier in the North Cascades National Park. The first 1.5 miles of trail is converted from an old logging road., The trail then switchbacks though an old timber harvest area. At 2 miles the trail condition deteriorates as it winds steeply up through dense forest. In another mile the trail breaks out onto Shannon Ridge at 4,600 feet, offering spectacular views of Mt. Shuksan, Mt Baker and Baker Lake. The trail continues along the open ridge to the National Park boundary.
Campsites are available along the ridge. Bring Blue Bags or another Leave No Trace approved method to pack out solid human waste. The route enters the North Cascades National Park approximately 0.5 miles up the ridge.
Parties attempting to climb Mt. Shuksan are encouraged to sign the climbers' register located at the North Cascades National Park Headquarters/Mt. Baker Ranger District in Sedro-Woolley.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.