Eldorado Peak Climb

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Very Hard
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15 h
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12.9 km
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2,060 m
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Eldorado Peak is a very difficult mountaineering route that requires climbing gear, climbing experience, and routefinding skills. Most of the trail isn’t marked, so you should be comfortable navigating across scree and snow. This climb is 12.6 km long and requires 2,060 m of elevation gain. There is a difficult river crossing early on and it can be hard to find the trailhead.

Some climbers do this ascent in one day, but this often takes up to 17 hours.

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Route Description for Eldorado Peak Climb

Eldorado Peak isn’t a day hike, it’s a difficult mountaineering adventure only fit for those with adequate climbing experience, routefinding skills, and equipment. It’s a very tough climb with challenges in every section.

The trail starts by crossing the Cascade River. This crossing can be sketchy depending on the time of year. You’ll then bushwhack through an overgrown forest. The trail is unmaintained and steep. Next, you’ll scramble over scree and navigate a boulder field. After a stretch of hiking through meadows, you’ll need to traverse slick polished granite. On the glacier, you’ll navigate a scrambly section and then make a long ascent to the peak. Then, you’ll have to do it all in reverse!

Getting to the Eldorado Peak Climb Trailhead

Eldorado Peak is accessed from a trailhead on Cascade Pass Road.

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