Mt. Daniel Climb | Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Mt. Daniel is a fun introductory climb for people looking to get into glacier mountaineering. The mountain is approached from the Cle Elum side (southeast) of the peak with a camp somewhere near Peggy's Pond. Most parties take 2 days to complete the route. If combined with basic training in the use of ice axes and crampons and crevasse rescue, this works well as a 3-day program. On most trips we climb both the Middle and East Peaks.
Mt. Daniel and its neighbor Mt. Hinman (7492') are the two impressive mountains that can be seen to the south from Stevens Pass ski area. Both remain snow covered until well into the summer and offer an ideal environment for beginning climbers to develop their snow climbing and glacier travel skills on an easily accessible glaciated peak. For groups of 3 or more climbers looking for a cost effective way to build their glacier climbing skills with a guide, our 3-day program is good value.