Mount Shuksan in Spring

June 20, 2010

Mount Baker in Spring
: Hattie Osborne
Summary Author: Hattie Osborne; Stu Witmer

The photo above shows snow covered Mount Shuksan in the northern Cascade Range of Washington State. In late May, when this picture was snapped, snow can still accumulate on the flanks of Mount Shuksan, but as snowmelt exceeds snowfall, the stored water is gradually released, eventually flowing primarily into Puget Sound via the Skagit River. Shuksan, in the Stephen Mather Wilderness of the North Cascades National Park, is one of a handful of non-volcanic mountains in the Cascade Range over 9,000 ft high (2,743 m). In the Jurassic Period, over 150 million years ago, the rock of this mountain was basalt seafloor which, during the Cretaceous Period, metamorphosed into what is now called the Shuksan Greenschist. Mount Shuksan is a favorite among climbers for its complexity and beauty. The first recorded climb was by Asahel Curtis and Montelius Price in September of 1906. Photo taken on May 30, 2010.

Photo details:
Camera Maker: FUJIFILM; Camera Model: FinePix A345; Focal Length: 5.8mm; Aperture: f/4.7; Exposure Time: 0.0007 s (1/1429); ISO equiv: 64; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: program (Auto); White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No; Color Space: sRGB