Booker Mountain

Mount Booker, with an elevation of 8,284 feet (2,525 m), is located in the North Cascades of Washington, about 1.5 miles SE of Mount Buckner, between Park Creek and Stehekin River.[1]

Booker Mountain
Booker Mountain seen from Sahale Mountain
Highest point
Elevation8,284 ft (2,525 m)[1]
Coordinates48°28′31″N 120°58′45″W[2]
Parent rangeNorth Cascades
First ascentAugust 22, 1964 by Dan Davis and John Holland[1]


Landscape painter Abby Williams Hill, of Tacoma, Washington, was contracted by the Great Northern Railway Company to paint pictures of the North Cascades, and she first painted Mount Booker in 1903.[3] At the time of Hill's painting, the mountain had not yet been named; newspaper critics called it "No-name mountain."[3]

Abby Hill wrote to the National Geological Survey to determine the mountain's name, and the agency offered her the opportunity to name it.[4] She had previously traveled to visit Booker T. Washington (d. 1915), and she attended his lectures in Tuskegee, Alabama, in the fall of 1901. She was also very moved by her experiences with Jim Crow laws in the South, as well as by Washington's lectures.[4] As a result, Abby Hill named the mountain in honor of Booker T. Washington.[3]

Climbing history

The first ascent of the Northeast face of Mt. Booker was completed by Dan Davis and John Holland on August 22, 1964 [1]


  1. Beckey, Fred (2003). Climbing and High Routes: Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass. The Mountaineers Books. p. 335. ISBN 978-0-89886-838-8.
  2. "Booker Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  3. The Washington Historical Quarterly, The Washington University State Historical Society, 1920, pg 212
  4. Fields, Ronald (1989). Abby Williams Hill and the lure of the West (1st ed.). Washington State Historical Society. pp. 44–47. ISBN 9780917048630.
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