5. Shuksan, Elevation: 9,131 Ft
By far the most recognizable of the 9,000-foot peaks and the most accessible as it can be seen from the Mt. Baker ski resort parking lot. Each side of Shuksan holds a different personality and it has to be one of the best training grounds in the lower 48. It’s no wonder that we call Miss Shuksan a Temple.
6. Buckner, Elevation: 9,112 Ft
Buckner is regarded highly from both the climbing and skiing communities because of its aggressive north face. Entombed in the maze of the Boston Glacier, which is the biggest non-volcanic glacier in the lower 48, just getting to the base of the climb is a challenge. Standing as the western most of the 9,000-foot peaks this mountain literally blocks moisture from heading east.
7. Seven Fingered Jack, Elevation: 9,100 Ft
Relatively unheard of outside of the Cascades, this mountain is worn down by glacial erosion on two sides. Located at the headwall of the Entiat Valley, its north face is an impressive 3,000-foot cliff. Seven separate pinnacles line the summit, giving it the name and making it more then a worthy area for climbing and skiing.
8. Mount Logan, Elevation: 9,087 Ft
Logan is a mountain of legend in the North Cascades, not for it’s rather aggressive slopes or the glaciers that cling to every side but for the forests of untamed bushwhacking that protect it. One of if not the most Isolated of the list it’s a worthy goal for anyone who likes rugged adventure.
9. Jack Mountain, Elevation: 9,066 Ft
Looming above Ross lake and Highway 20—and hovering over 7,000 feet above the valleys below—Jack Mountain is truly the giant of the North Cascades. My first view of the north side of Jack was mid-traverse of the Pickett Range. I quickly fell in love with the line and knew that one day I would have to head back.
10. Maude, Elevation: 9,040 Ft
The North face of Maude legendary within the ski-mountaineering crowd. It offers more then 3,000 feet of sustained big mountain skiing, but it only gets skied a handful of times a year. During the summer it’s an easy stroll up the south side via trail but during the winter/spring an approach to this remote peak can take days.
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