The North Cascades of Washington, known as the American Alps, offer a wide range of climbs for the beginner and expert alike. The North Cascades contain long alpine rock climbs, complex glaciated peaks, cascading waterfalls, and breathtaking alpine basins with numerous classic routes right outside your tent door: they truly have it all.

RMI offers beginning, intermediate, and custom climbs in the North Cascades. These climbs are the perfect way to gain skills and confidence in alpine terrain while getting to the top of some classic North Cascade peaks. Many climbers use these climbs to train for technically challenging ascents like Mt. Rainier's Liberty Ridge or the West Rib of Mt. McKinley.

NW Peaks (July - September)

Mt. Baker North Ridge

Mt. Baker - North Ridge

$960 3 days Difficulty:

The North Ridge of Mt. Baker offers superb mountaineering and alpine ice climbing with stunning views of the Salish Sea and dense old growth forests of the North Cascades while summitting an iconic Northwest volcano.

Setting up camp on Mt. Shuksan

Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier

$940 4 days Difficulty:

A classic climb of a Northwest icon, and the ideal entry level climb for those new to the sport of alpine mountaineering or seeking an approachable yet legendary climb.


Sahale Mountain - Quien Sabe Glacier

$940 4 days Difficulty:

This climb is well suited for the beginning climber who wants to learn basic climbing skills and stand atop one of the most scenic summits in all of Washington.

Rugged scenery of some of the most spectacular peaks in the Northwest.

Forbidden Peak - West Ridge

$1160 4 days Difficulty:

Renowned for its exciting and classic alpine terrain, the West Ridge of Forbidden is a tremendously rewarding climb that has earned its place as one of the "Fifty Classic Climbs in North America."

The Fisher Chimneys route on the Northwest side of Mt. Shuksan.

Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys

$870 3 days Difficulty:

An adventurous and enjoyable climb with moderate rock and glacier climbing on an iconic Northwest peak. The Fisher Chimney route's longer and more advanced climbing is ideal for those already familiar with basic climbing techniques.

Mt. Shuksan

Expedition Skills Seminar - Shuksan

$1380 6 days Difficulty:

Establish a solid foundation of mountaineering skills and prepare for bigger peaks on the Mt. Shuksan's Sulphide Glacier.

Mountaineering training course in the North Cascades

Expedition Skills Seminar - Sahale

$1380 6 days Difficulty:

Establish a solid foundation of mountaineering skills and prepare for bigger peaks on Sahale Mountain's Quien Sabe Glacier.

North Cascades Custom Climbs

North Cascades Custom Climbs

Variable Cost 3+ days Difficulty: Level 1 difficulty - Level 3 difficulty

Plan your perfect climbing adventure to one of America's best alpine climbing destinations with RMI! We offer climbs of the North Cascade's more committing and longer alpine routes.