Cascades Volcano Observatory, Vancouver, Washington
Glacier Peak, Washington
Glacier Peak and Vicinity
Glacier Peak Volcano
-- Geographic Setting, and Geologic and Eruptive History
Glacier Peak lies only 70 miles northeast of Seattle -- closer to that city than any volcano except Mount
Rainier. But unlike Mount Rainier, it rises only a few thousand feet above neighboring peaks, and from
coastal communities it appears merely as a high point along a snowy saw-toothed skyline. Yet Glacier Peak
has been one of the most active and explosive of Washington's volcanoes.
-- Excerpt from:
Mastin and Waitt, 2000
Nearby Attraction: North Cascades National Park
North Cascades National Park contains some of America's most breathtakingly beautiful scenery -- high jagged peaks, ridges,
slopes, and countless cascading waterfalls. Hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering are the most popular activities in the park.
The park's 204,000 hectares (505,000 acres) encompass some 318 glaciers - more than half of all glaciers in the lower 48 states.
There are few roads into the park, but views into the park can be had on clear days from the North Cascades Highway at Goodell
Creek, Diablo Lake Overlook, and other places. The Cascade River Road, 40 kilometers (25 miles) of improved dirt and gravel,
gives summer and fall access into the park and to the Cascade Pass Trailhead.
-- Excerpts courtesy: North Cascades National Park
Glacier Peak is located in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the North Cascade Range,
approximately 150 kilometers northeast of Seattle, Washington. Graded dirt roads from
Darrington, Washington, approach to within 15-20 kilometers of the volcano on the west, and
connect with a network of hiking and climbing trails.
-- Driving excerpt from: Beget, 1990, IN: Wood and Kienle (eds.), 1990, Volcanoes of North
America: United States and Canada: Cambridge University Press
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