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Eldorado Peak  Washington   #7960
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Washington Cascades

Height: 2703 m <- 8868 feet
Prominence?: 673 m above Torment Pass
Line Parent?: Boston Peak (8.6 km away, at bearing 123 degrees)
Greater Parent: Buckner Mountain (11.1 km away)

Location:   48.53733,-121.13467     48:32:14, -121:08:05   10U 637691 5377705 (23 km E of Marblemount).   AreaCode: EM81/FB33
First Ascent: 1933 Norval Grigg, Art Winder, Donald Blair, Arthur Wilson
Eldorado Peak
This peak is #32 on the Height List for Washington . This peak is #96 in Prominence List for Washington .A rugged mountain on the west side of the Inspiration Glacier. It features a massive west face, dropping precipitously into the Marble Creek Basin. The easiest route is via the Eldorado Glacier to the south, with most of the climbing on snow or ice.

Tremendous views from the summit to the heart of the North Cascades, including the icy cirques of the Inspiration, McAllister, and Forbidden Glaciers make this peak deserving of the title "Queen of the Cascade River", as it is referred to in Beckey's Guide.

Most approaches are made via the south, up the Eldorado and Roush Creek Basins.

Name Notes: The following is taken from SummitPost, regarding naming history of the peak:

This peak was first climbed in 1933 by Donald Blair, Norval Grigg, Arthur Wilson, Art Winder.

The peak was given the name "Eldorado" during the 1890's as a symbol of hope for riches that could occur from local mining claims, especially the Skagit Queen Mine which was a major mining operation located east of the mountain near Thunder Creek.

Historical Fact About "Eldorado" Name:

"El Dorado" was originally the Spanish name derived for a legendary Muisca tribal chief in northwestern South America. According to legend, "El Dorado" would cover himself with gold dust, and throw gold and jewels into a lake to appease an underwater god. Europeans later associated the name "El Dorado" with the Lost City of Gold. The term "El Dorado" was eventually anglicized to the single word "Eldorado" and many settlers of European descent began using it as a metaphor for any place where wealth could be quickly gathered. Hence, by naming a peak "Eldorado" it provided hope to nearby miners and settlers that riches would soon be found and vast.

Route Summaries exist for this mountain, but are only available to paid members.

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Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
20 Eldorado Peak - North Side Don Funk
8 The Knife-Edged Snow Ridge of Eldorado Peak Don Funk
7 Eldorado Peak and Tepeh Towers from Sahale Arm Lucas Earl
6 Eldorado Peak - East Ridge Don Funk
5 Eldorado Peak Ed Farrell

Placename Photos
11 Hidden Lake Peak and Hidden Lake (North Cascades) Simon Chesterton
9 Mount Despair - Northwest Side Don Funk
8 The Backside of Johannesburg Mountain Michael Stanton