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154 Hikes
Winchester Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6521.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(28 votes)
The trail up to Winchester Mountain is less than two miles long and only 1300 feet of elevation gain, with access to a lookout at 6500 feet with outstanding 360 degree views. What’s the catch? The road.
 
 
Excelsior Peak via Damfino Lakes Trail

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5699.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(13 votes)
Disregarding the apocryphal stories about their name, the Damfino Lakes are noteworthy only to distinguish this route from two other routes. The lakes pale in comparison to these magnificent destinations: Excelsior Pass, the High Divide, and Excelsior Peak.
 
 
Mount Shuksan

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Highest Point: 9127.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
 
 
Mount Ann

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
A scramble up a mountain near Lake Ann. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 
Driveway Butte

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3030 ft.
Highest Point: 5982.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
Spring, summer, and fall all beckon hikers up the slopes of Delancy Ridge toward Driveway Butte, attracted by the views, seasonal flowers, or just a hard workout. The trail tells the tale to two forests, a mature pine forest in the first half and a forest recovering from fire in the second.
 
 
Thornton Lakes and Trappers Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(29 votes)
Incredible views and beautiful alpine lakes are your reward if you can ascend this steep trail in the North Cascades. At the top, you can choose between taking in sweeping panoramic views of North Cascades National Park and the Pickets Range, or relaxing near the lowest of the Thornton Lakes, both of which make a rewarding destination.
 
 
Boundary Way

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1458 ft.
Highest Point: 5658.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Put your navigational skills to the test! This unmaintained trail just off Damfino Lakes trail may be brushy, but if you can find your way to Boundary Way, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views into Canada and the epic North Cascades.
 
 
Snowking Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 7433.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
Snowking Mountain is a strenuous mountaineering trip or class 3 alpine scramble with stunning panoramic mountain views, deep blue alpine lakes and rewarding isolation.
 
 
Copper Ridge Loop

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
34.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8600 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(13 votes)
Experience the variety offered by the North Cascades: high mountain ridges with spectacular views, a remote river valley, and even a self-propelled cable car river crossing. Popular side trips include Hannegan Peak and Whatcom Pass.
 
 
White Pass - Pilot Ridge Loop

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
29.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7500 ft.
Highest Point: 6360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(12 votes)
A loop hike, beginning and ending in the old-growth forests of the North Fork Sauk River that traverses high ridges and passes of the Pacific crest, visits beautiful alpine lakes, and finally follows the high and lonesome Pilot Ridge Trail before descending back down to the trail junction on the North Fork Sauk River.
 
 
Red Mountain Lookout

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
This seldom-used trail within Glacier Peak Wilderness leads through an old-growth forest with magnificent, large trees to the site of an old fire lookout build in the 1930s.
 
 
Scatter Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3850 ft.
Highest Point: 7047.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
This is one of the best day hikes for larch-spotting in the fall. In the summer, enjoy the reward of swimming or fishing after a steep climb. Scatter Lake is also an excellent destination for an overnight backpack.
 
 
Silver Star Mountain (Okanogan)

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8876.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Silver Star mountain provides a rewarding hiking and climbing opportunity right off Highway 20. Its majestic barren rocky spires that raise out of the forested slopes seem beyond reach but in fact the summit block requires a bit of exposed scrambling, after a long hike and a glacier traverse.
 
 
Coleman Ridge

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
27.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 7400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
This difficult to follow ridge trail was burned in the 2003 Farewell Fire and is no longer maintained. For those with good navigation skills, it provides access to Remmel Mountain.
 
 
Andrews Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
31.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Dive deep into the heart of the Pasayten Wilderness on the Andrews Creek trail. Walk along Andrews Creek through a burn zone. Connect to the Boundary trail after passing through a lush meadow of wildflowers.
 
 
Bald Mountain via Ashland Lakes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
20.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
It used to be possible to traverse from Ashland Lakes to Bald Mountain, Cutthroat Lakes, and the Walt Bailey trail on trail. Now, the way is an overgrown, hard-to-follow bushwhack.
 
 
Hidden Lake Lookout

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(64 votes)
The Hidden Lake trail is one of the crown jewels of hiking in Washington State. No other trail offers so much as Hidden Lake Lookout: forest, wildflowers, a true alpine environment of stark granite well above treeline, breathtaking summit views of the heart of North Cascades National Park, and a fire lookout with a sweeping history almost as big as the mountainous landscape it gazes over.
 
 
Goat Peak Lookout

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 7001.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.37
(19 votes)
Views of majestic peaks and the vibrant golden hues of larches come autumn - Goat Peak Lookout offers both, as well as the commanding views you'd expect of a working fire lookout. Though steep at times, the trail's short length makes it a perfect hike to introduce kids and newer hikers to the grandeur of the Methow and North Cascades.
 
 
Mount Pilchuck

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(184 votes)
Despite its intermediate difficulty, Mount Pilchuck sees a slew of visitors in a given year, as hikers flock to the trail for its grand panoramic views and historic restored fire lookout. Easily one of the most rewarding hikes in the area, its relatively short 2.7 mile, 2,300 feet ascent gifts you 360-degree views of Mount Baker, Mount Rainier and the Olympics from its shelter lookout, which sits nestled on a summit that tops out around 5,300 feet. This calf-friendly journey is all made possible by a high elevation trailhead, which sets you off on your travels around 3,000 feet, cutting what would otherwise be an arduous ten mile roundtrip in half.
 
 
Buck Mountain Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2635 ft.
Highest Point: 6135.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
A strenuous snowshoe trip leads to Buck Mountain Lookout with contrasting views of forest and fire. Whether the views are worth the effort is up to the traveler!
 
 
Hannegan Pass and Peak

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.42
(26 votes)
The wide-open trail to Hannegan Pass and Hannegan Peak offers spectacular mountain views, glorious alpine wildflowers, waterfalls and glaciers. Choose to hike to 5050 foot Hannegan Pass (about 8 miles roundtrip) or press on to the 6200 foot summit of Hannegan Peak -- 10.6 miles roundtrip.
 
 
Vesper Peak

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6214.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.52
(27 votes)
Vesper Peak is definitely not for the novice hiker, but for those thirsting for one step beyond hiking into backcountry adventure, it's a good leaping off point. The smooth, low angle granite of Vesper's upper reaches make for relatively easy off-trail travel and beginning routefinding.
 
 
Seven Pass Loop (Pasayten)

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
26.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 7446.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
This breathtaking loop offers an undulating ridge walk on the Pacific Crest Trail, a jaunt through the West Fork Pasayten River Valley — one of the priority areas in WTA's Lost Trails Found campaign — and views from the highest fire lookout in the state.
 
 
Mount Dickerman

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(110 votes)
If the best views come to those who earn them, Mount Dickerman offers the fairest vantage along the Mountain Loop. You’ll huff and puff through 4,000 feet of elevation on your way to the summit; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak in the Mountain Loop. In late summer, it also rewards the intrepid with a bounty of mountain blueberries.
 
 
Church Mountain

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3750 ft.
Highest Point: 6100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.34
(29 votes)
The rewards for this strenuous hike are a bouquet of fall colors and a vast panorama of North Cascades mountains.
 
 
Green Mountain

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(32 votes)
In a state with so many places offering a day's walk to big, peaky views, Green Mountain still makes the short-list of Washington's all-time finest hikes. From woods to meadows to panoramic views and even a historic lookout, it just doesn't get much better than this.
 
 
Circle Peak

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5983.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
A lovely-but-rough hike that uses established trail and old logging roads, the Circle Peak Trail has seen a lot of maintenance from the Darrington Ranger District in the past several summers. Please note that the trailhead is currently inaccessible due to washouts on the White Chuck Road.
 
 
Pearrygin Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2060 ft.
Highest Point: 6644.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cub Creek Fire
Looking for a challenge in route finding, with the payoff of partially obscured views? Then this trail is for you. What was once a popular non-motorized, multi-use trail was overrun by the 2006 Tripod Fire and the 2014 Carleton Complex Fire. Since the fires, a lack of maintenance and road washouts make access, route finding, and travel difficult.
 
 
Excelsior Pass via Nooksack River

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(13 votes)
This trail is a staircase of switchbacks that march ever upward through thick forest to deliver hikers to an iconic ridge walk in the North Cascades.
 
 
Lamont Mountain

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
Highest Point: 8087.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
The route to Lamont Mountain is a Class 3 and involved exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.