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Alpine rock climbing on Early Morning Spire and Dorado Needle in the North Cascades National Park (3-5 days)


Join a certified mountain guide for this 3 to 5-day alpine rock climbing experience in the remote wilderness of North Cascades National Park. Enjoy some of the best alpine climbing in the region and take in superb views as you go.



+1 Day

Jun - Sep




* Enjoy the stunning scenery of North Cascades National Park.

* Customize your itinerary to perfectly fit your scheduling needs.

* Enjoy one or two of the best alpine climbs in this part of the Cascades.


Head out into the wilds of North Cascades National Park for a truly incredible alpine rock climbing experience.

Depending on how much time you have, we can either climb Early Morning Spire or Dorado Needle over the course of three days, or tackle both over the course of five days. It’s up to you.

Either way, we will enjoy some of the best alpine climbing that the Cascade Range has to offer. After leaving Seattle and making our way to our camp at Inspiration Glacier on day one, the fun begins.

Widely regarded as two of the best alpine climbing routes in the Cascade Pass region, Dorado Needle and Early Morning Spire combine long and glaciated approaches with up to 12 pitches of spectacular, intermediate-level climbing.

Among the numerous highlights of the trip is the arete of Eldorado, which offers one of the longest and most aesthetic lines in the Cascade Range, some up to 3,000 feet long.

From the top as well as along the way, the views will always be simply stunning, with immaculate vistas over the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this incredible 3 to 5-day alpine rock climbing experience in scenic North Cascades National Park.

If you like the look of this trip then we think you may also enjoy our 1+ day alpine rock climbing trips throughout the Cascade Range!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Please contact us for a price quote as well as what is included in the price.


Day 1: Seattle to Inspiration Glacer

After meeting at your local hotel, we will make the 2.5 hour drive to Cascade Pass and the Eldorado Creek trailhead. We will then make the 5 to 7 hour hike to our camp at Inspiration Glacier.

Day 2 to 3: Dorado Needle or Early Morning Spire

On these days, we will either climb Dorado Needle and/or Early Morning Spire. Depending on your time constraints, we can climb Dorado Needle and hike back to the trailhead on day 3.

Day 4 to 5: More Climbing then Departure

We will climb the West Arete of Eldorado and then hike back to the car on the following day. We can also hike back to the trailhead on day 4.


Equipment you will need to bring

Please contact us for a complete equipment list.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

For over 35 years, Mountain Madness has been bringing profound outdoor experiences to trekkers and mountaineers across the globe. We have built a strong foundation of skills and expertise, fueling our passion to impart our wisdom onto other like-minded explorers. Cultivating an enthusiasm for the
outdoors while helping you enjoy the journey and achieve your goals is a dream come true.

Our mission is to provide the best experience possible and to instill a passion for adventure. We value cultural exchange, take pride in facing physical and mental challenges head on, and strive to development wilderness skills that encourage self-discovery without compromising our environment.

Climbing, trekking, and skiing worldwide allows Mountain Madness to guide internationally. Our success and determination have given us worldwide acclaim and reignited our hunger – from Rainier and Baker to Kilimanjaro and Everest, no adventure is too big or too small.

Our guides have extensive training and are AMGA and/or IFMGA-certified guides. We enjoy assisting in all aspects of your trip, from the first conversation to the last goodbye. The collection of activities are endless, with alpinists, trekkers, explorers, mountaineers, and ski tourers on our team. To assist first time explorers and grizzled veterans in finding hidden, everyday wonder is our pleasure.



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