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Mount Shuksan

At: Washington, United States
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About: Mount Shuksan is a glaciated peak in the North Cascades National Park of the United States. Shuksan lies in Whatcom County, Washington, immediately to the east of Mount Baker, just south of Canada. Shuksan is composed of Shuksan greenschist, oceanic basalt that was metamorphosed when the Easton terrane smashed into the west coast of North America, approximately 120 million years ago. Shuksan is one of the more often photographed mountains in the Cascade Range. Photographs with its reflection in Picture Lake (at right) near Mount Baker Ski Area are particularly common. The Mount Baker Highway (State Route 542) is kept open during the winter to support the ski area, and in the late summer, the road to Artist Point allows visitors to travel a few miles higher. Sulphide Creek Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in North America, plunges off the southeastern flank of Mount Shuksan. There are four other tall waterfalls that spill off Mount Shuksan and neighboring Jagged Ridge and Seahpo Peak, mostly sourced from small snowfields and glaciers. The mountain's name Shuksan is derived from a Skagit Indian word meaning "Rocky and Precipitous."
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