Scott Kranz
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Snow camping at the foot of Mount Shuksan

Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
— John Muir

Of all the mountains in Washington State, few peaks exemplify the area’s combination of both rugged and pristine natural beauty better than Mount Shuksan.

The reward for pushing your lungs and legs to the limit in the mountains is the opportunity to experience natural beauty like no other. This much was true when we recently trekked up to the foot of Mt. Shuksan and camped beneath its rugged southwest face. Here are our first views of the “Fisher Chimneys” from the ridge above Lake Anne, as Mt. Shuksan hid in the clouds.

The clouds eventually lifted allowing us to explore the area around our snow camp and enjoy the views of two of Washington's greatest peaks, Mount Baker (pictured) and Mount Shuksan).

Exploring under the bright moonlight, we could see Mount Shuksan in all of its glory. Mount Shuksan’s  complex structure and its distinct summit pyramid lure tourists and climbers alike.

Come morning, we woke up to beautiful blue skies and, of course, a warm sun rising over Mount Shuksan to our east.