North Cascades 1968 with the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh
8. The Views from Whatcom Pass

Whatcom Peak topographic The map at left shows our destination, Whatcom Peak.  This link shows the larger immediate area within our view during the climb.  The routes of the first day's hike and the second day's hike.

The maps are scanned from the Mt. Shuksan (1950) and Mt. Challenger (1953) 1:62,500 series USGS topographic maps of the State of Washington.  Here is the entire area of interest.  You can look at the Mt. Shuksan 1:24,000 series topographic map here.  Whatcom Peak can be found here
Looking into the U-shaped glaciated valley east of Whatcom Pass September 1968

The scene at left is what came into view upon reaching Whatcom Pass.  It looks very much like the view of Crawford Notch from Mt. Willard in New Hampshire.  The glacier that formed Crawford Notch overrode Mt. Willard, plucking rock from its face so as to form a cliff with one of the most impressive views in the eastern US.  Much the same seems to have happened here at Whatcom Pass.
Glacial striae at Whatcom Pass September 1968
Evidence of glaciation - striae on the face of exposed rock at Whatcom Pass.
Glacier from Whatcom Pass September 1968
Glacier below Whatcom Peak.  Glaciation on a smaller scale, about half a square mile of it.

There are people walking across this glacier; they can be seen in the enlarged image.
Ice halo at Whatcom Pass September 1968
This rainbow formed by dispersion of light through ice crystals in the clouds above Whatcom Pass.
Bear Mountain from below Whatcom Peak September 1968 I think this is Bear Mountain as seen across Whatcom Pass from the lower portion of the Whatcom Peak climb.

Below: Click on an image to see it in greater detail.
Brook at Whatcom Pass September 1968
Brook at Whatcom Pass September 1968