Skagit Range

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Skagit Range
American Border Peak from Gold Run Pass.jpg
American Border Peak from Gold Run Pass
Elevation 3,285 metres (10,778 ft)
Area 1,718 km2 (663 sq mi)
Countries Canada and United States
States/Provinces British Columbia and Washington
Range coordinates 49°10′N 121°30′W / 49.167°N 121.500°W / 49.167; -121.500Coordinates: 49°10′N 121°30′W / 49.167°N 121.500°W / 49.167; -121.500
Parent range Canadian Cascades

The Skagit Range is a subrange of the Cascade Range in southwestern British Columbia, Canada and northwestern Washington, United States, which are known in Canada as the Canadian Cascades or, officially, the Cascade Mountains. The Skagit Range lies to the west of the Skagit River and east and north of the Chilliwack River and flanks the Upper Fraser Valley region of British Columbia's Lower Mainland.

Of the three subranges of the Canadian Cascades—the Skagit, Hozameen, and Okanagan ranges—the Skagit is the most mountainous. It continues north to the Fraser River, sometimes using different local names. The Hope Mountains, and the "Anderson River Group" are separated from the main Skagit Range by distinct natural boundaries, but are otherwise similar in character.[1]


According to Fred Beckey there are differences of opinion about the names and locations of the subranges of the northern Cascades, especially between Canadian and American geographers. Nevertheless early geologists and topographers had a fundamental agreement about the location and names of the subranges. The Skagit Range was seen as the mountainous area from the Skagit River northwest to the Fraser River. More recent Canadian maps show the Skagit Range as bounded to the west by the Sumallo-Nicolum valley and extending north along the east side of the Coquihalla River.[1]

BCGNIS defines the Skagit Range simply as "west of the Skagit River, extends into the U.S.A."[2] The USGS defines the range in its GNIS database with a single point, 48°55′39″N 121°33′57″W / 48.92750°N 121.56583°W / 48.92750; -121.56583, north of Granite Mountain.[3] defines the Skagit Range as a large and not entirely mountainous region bounded by the Fraser River to the north, the Skagit River to the south and east, the Strait of Georgia to the west, and the Nicolum River and Sumallo River on the northeast. This definition includes a sizable area of non-mountainous areas, especially along the lower Fraser River and near the coast.[4]

Subranges include the Cheam Range, also known as the Four Brothers, and the Picket Range.


Notable summits include Hope Mountain, Mount Barr, Cheam Peak, Slesse Mountain, and the American-Canadian Border Peaks.

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  1. ^ a b Beckey, Fred (2009). Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes: Rainy Pass to Fraser River (3rd ed.). The Mountaineers. pp. 185–186, 270. ISBN 978-0-89886-423-6. 
  2. ^ "Skagit Range". BC Geographical Names. 
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Skagit Range
  4. ^ "Skagit Range". Retrieved 10 August 2009. 

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