The Buckner Mountain from Sahale Mountain from
|location||Chelan County / Skagit County , Washington , USA|
|Mountains||Northern Cascade Range|
|Notch height||925 m|
|First ascent||August 1, 1901 by Lewis Ryan|
The Buckner Mountain (occasionally Mount Buckner called) is a high mountain in the North Cascades in the State of Washington . It is located in the Stephen Mather Wilderness of the North Cascades National Park . At 9,114 ft (2,778 m) altitude, it is the highest point in Skagit County and one of the ten highest non-volcanic peaks in Washington. It is the fourteenth highest peak in the state and the third highest in North Cascades National Park.
The mountain has two peaks of approximately the same height, separated by a ridge several hundred feet. The sources about the exact height of the southwestern summit are not uniform. The current quadrant of the United States Geological Survey shows the Southwest Summit at elevations between 9,080 ft (2,768 m) and 9,119 ft (2,779 m). According to Peakbagger.com, the southwestern peak is the taller one at 9,114 ft (2,778 m), which was determined from an evaluation of a digital photo using Edward Earl's pixel analysis. The wider northeast peak is consistently given as 9,112 ft (2,777 m). Well-known mountaineer Fred Beckey claims in his Cascade Alpine Guide that the southwest peak is two feet higher, but does not give a source. In any case, this is secondary, because Beckey never climbed the Buckner. Most mountaineers have been climbing the southwest summit since it was first climbed via the standard route from Horseshoe Basin.
Buckner Mountain is on the border of Chelan and Skagit Counties. It is connected to Horseshoe Peak, Boston Peak and Sahale Mountain to the west by the Ripsaw Ridge, which marks the county boundary for several miles. The Cascade Pass is located a few miles south of the Sahale Mountain. The largest glacier in the North Cascades, the Boston Glacier covers the entire region north of the Ripsaw Ridge. South of this, the terrain descends to the huge Horseshoe Basin, where some of the headwaters of the Stehekin River arise. Long, high ridges stretch east from Buckner Mountain to Park Creek Pass and south to Booker Mountain and Park Creek Ridge. Other glaciers near Buckner Mountain are the Thunder Glacier in the north and the Buckner Glacier in the south.
Buckner Mountain marks the boundary between the catchment areas of the Skagit River in the west and the Columbia River in the east with the tributaries of the Columbia: Chelan River , Lake Chelan and Stehekin River .
Buckner Mountain is one of the more accessible high peaks in Washington. It's just east of Cascade Pass on a well-maintained trail. The Boston Glacier on the north side of the mountain offers one of the best known climbing routes in the North Cascades.
Buckner Mountain is named after Henry Freeland Buckner, who ran a mining company with claims in the Horseshoe Basin (southwest of the summit) in the early 20th century.
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- Topographic maps of the USGS, accessed via the GNIS website