The Most Photographed Mountain in the United States?
Of all the mountains in Washington State, few peaks exemplify the area’s combination of rugged and pristine natural beauty better than Mount Shuksan. In fact, it's commonly believed that Shuksan is the most photographed mountain in the United States. But you can be the judge of whether it is deserving of such a title.
Our trek to the foot of Mt Shuksan was a long, grueling one. Here we are reaching a ridge to its west, with Mt. Shuksan hiding 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.
Images and words by Scott Kranz Instagram: scott_kranz www.scott-kranz.com