Sherman Peak

April 17, 2016

3098m

Baker Lake / North Cascades Highway, WA

Sherman Peak is rather a small peak on the rim of Sherman Crater, attached to the much-bigger Mt. Baker, but at elevation of close to 3100 m this peak is higher than most of others in the North Cascades or the SW British Columbia. I don’t think many folks would slog all the way up to the Crater to just ascend Sherman Peak, but for peak-baggers like myself, it makes perfect sense to bag Mt. Baker and Sherman Peak together.

Sherman Peak ascent route from Easton Glacier

Sherman Peak ascent route from Easton Glacier. GPX DL

From the low point near Sherman Crator (also the Baker/Sherman col) I trended right skinning up to a low saddle on Sherman Peak’s west ridge. The surface was icy and I could barely get some grips under the skins but I made there nonetheless. The skis were ditched at the saddle and boot-packing began. The snow was in a perfect condition for kicking steps and the majority part of this ridge was easy and tame. The initial few meters was exposed to an open bergschrund and the final 10 m or so was kinda knife-edge (required crampons).

From the base of Sherman Peak, looking across Deming Glacier

From the base of Sherman Peak, looking across Deming Glacier

Gaining the shoulder on the west ridge

Gaining the shoulder on the west ridge

Mt. Baker summit from the W. Ridge of Sherman Peak

Mt. Baker summit from the W. Ridge of Sherman Peak

Looking across the Sherman Crater

Looking across the Sherman Crater

Seracs in the Sherman Crater

Seracs in the Sherman Crater

The typical terrain on the W. Ridge of Sherman Peak

The typical terrain on the W. Ridge of Sherman Peak

Looking across the south face

Looking across the south face

Looking into the Sherman Crater

Looking into the Sherman Crater

A zoomed-in view of the volcanic gas hole... Looks beautiful but smells like shit...

A zoomed-in view of the volcanic gas hole… Looks beautiful but smells like shit…

The last bit to the summit

The last bit to the summit

It's a bit narrow here...

It’s a bit narrow here…

Thank to the pointy nature of this peak, the views were actually better than Mt. Baker in my opinion. I got some unobstructed view down south towards Squak Glacier and Easton Glacier where most folks came up from. The view of the Sherman Crator was also expansive and I could see the yellow-ish volcanic gas emitting.

Partial summit panorama from Sherman Peak. Click to view large size.

Partial summit panorama from Sherman Peak. Click to view large size.

Partial summit panorama from Sherman Peak. Click to view large size.

Partial summit panorama from Sherman Peak. Click to view large size.

Looking northwards into Canada. That big peak on the horizon is Silvertip Mountain

Looking northwards into Canada. That big peak on the horizon is Silvertip Mountain

Mt. Shuksan is now far below!

Mt. Shuksan is now far below!

Welch Peak et al. in the Cheam Range

Welch Peak et al. in the Cheam Range

Glacier Peak

Glacier Peak

Eldorado Peak et al.

Eldorado Peak et al.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

The summit of Mt. Baker

The summit of Mt. Baker

Loomis Mountain

Loomis Mountain

If it's possible to zoom-in further you can see other groups approaching

If it’s possible to zoom-in further you can see other groups approaching

The Twin Sisters

The Twin Sisters

Lincoln Peak and Colfax Peak

Lincoln Peak and Colfax Peak

Me on the summit of Sherman Peak

Me on the summit of Sherman Peak

Looking down the Squak Glacier

Looking down the Squak Glacier

After taking some obligatory pictures I started the descent as I still had my primary objective (Mt. Baker) unfinished. That knife-edge section required some great caution and the part above the bergschrund required some short section of down-climbing, but other than that it was a fast plunge down the snow. The skiing down to Baker/Sherman col was icy and crusty but at least mellow and short.

A review shot of the final knife-edge to the summit

A review shot of the final knife-edge to the summit

Looking across the steep crater face

Looking across the steep crater face

One last look at Colfax Peak et al.

One last look at Colfax Peak et al.

Note the open bergschrund...

Note the open bergschrund…

All in all I’d say the detour up Sherman Peak was well worth the effort as this little peak offers some unique views that you can’t get from the main peak of Mt. Baker.

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