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Results List

150 Hikes
Lone Fir Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
An easy, short loop hike out of the Lone Fir campground. The first bit is paved before giving way to a dirt trail that follows Early Winters Creek. After a creek crossing (log bridge) it loops back to the campground.
 
 
Cutthroat Pass via Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(11 votes)
Take this gentle trail to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by rocky cliffs before heading up some steeper switchbacks to a pass and junction with the iconic Pacific Crest Trail.
 
 
Silver Star View Snowshoe

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 4250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
A quiet snowshoe trip to views of Silver Star Mountain awaits the mid-week traveler in late fall and early spring. This road walk parallels the Early Winters Trail, the old route from Mazama to Washington Pass.
 
 
Cascade Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5392.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.15
(33 votes)
9/17/2021 - The Cascade River Road is closed at milepost 20 due to road damage.
At Cascade Pass, the wow factor far exceeds the “ow” factor – perhaps no other trail in the state delivers as much reward for the effort. From the high peaks on either side of the pass, verdant meadows curve down to a saddle that offers sweeping views of nearby valleys, glaciers, mountains, and passing wildlife. Sedately climbing a little less than 1,800 feet in 3.6 miles, it is the perfect hike to show new hikers the extraordinary places their feet can take them.
 
 
South Fork Cascade River

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
8/11/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Pincer Creek Fire
A hidden gem revealed! The South Fork Cascade Trail was in the Mineral Park Fire of 2003, but recent efforts by WTA crews and other volunteer organizations have helped reopen a section of it, and continue to repair it.
 
 
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
70.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 13649 ft.
Highest Point: 7100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This last leg of the Pacific Crest Trail (or first depending on whether you're north- or southbound) offers breathtaking views as it passes along the eastern edge of the North Cascades and into the Pasayten Wilderness. Make sure to bring your passport to complete your journey in Manning Provincial Park!
 
 
East Bank Baker Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(20 votes)
This hike along Baker Lake is a busy, popular trail in summer. It is a nice off season walk though, and is perfect on a crisp, clear winter day. With the leaves off the trees, views that aren't possible in summer emerge; the surrounding peaks and the mossy green silhouettes of the leafless maple trees cover the hillside. A bonus any time of year are the many creeks, quaint bridges, large old-growth trees and of course, Mount Baker as the main attraction.
 
 
Pressentin Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Park Closed: Due to a renovation project Pressentin Park will be closed until March 31 2022.
This county park consists of 40 acres of old homestead land in Marblemount. The park is for day use only and includes a picnic shelter, fishing and hiking trails.
 
 
Blue Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 6254.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.37
(70 votes)
At 6254 feet, Blue Lake sits quietly a little over two trail miles from Highway 20. With towering granite peaks, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and of course the beautiful mountain lake surrounded by granite that reaches for the sky, this short hike is easily a classic and should be on your must-hike list. With only 1050 feet of elevation gain this hike is doable for almost everyone. If you’re driving over Highway 20 and don’t have all day, stop for this mountain gem.
 
 
East Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
East Creek is an unmaintained trail with lots of potential. At it's full length this old forgotten trail extends nearly 15 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail. It makes for a great out and back with lots of solitude.
 
 
Heather - Maple Pass Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.82
(115 votes)
If ever there was a hike to satisfy all a hiker's desires, this one comes as close as any. A loop hike with many fabulous changing faces throughout the seasons, Heather-Maple Pass features ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, lakes ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 
Thunder Knob

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 635 ft.
Highest Point: 1875.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(31 votes)
Hike this easy leg stretcher while taking in the beautiful scenery of the North Cascades Highway. A good stop if you have a car full of restless children or you are showing off the area to visiting relatives. The views from the top are a big payoff for such a short hike.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Big Snagtooth

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 8330.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A mountain in the North Cascades. Climbing gear and route-finding expertise required to summit.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(66 votes)
9/17/2021 - The Cascade River Road is closed at milepost 20 due to road damage.
In Sahale Arm, the forces of nature have conspired to create an improbably gentle, gorgeous landscape. A scenic trail ambles peacefully through rolling alpine meadows blanketing the broad shoulder of Sahale Mountain. This park-like setting is made all the more spectacular by contrast with the dramatic mountainous terrain that stretches off in every direction near and far. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful hikes in all of Washington.
 
 
Easy Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(20 votes)
Don’t be fooled by the name – the way to Easy Pass is anything but easy. But the reward for your efforts is an eastside gateway into the stunning North Cascades National Park. At the pass, you’re greeted by trickling streams of snowmelt and views of the peaks of Golden Horn and Mount Henry to the east. Venturing further west, gaze into the Park, with awe-inspiring glacially carved river valleys, dark gray craggy massifs of Fisher Peak and Mount Logan dotted with snowfields or cloaked by glaciers, and a host of wildflowers.
 
 
Diablo Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.22
(36 votes)
Follow the Diablo Lake Trail up and across talus slopes on the flanks of Sourdough Mountain to impressive cascading waterfalls and stunning views of Ross Lake and Colonial, Pyramid, Davis Peaks, as well as Jack Mountain.
 
 
Trapper Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Follow a fisherman's trail to a crystalline blue lake in the North Cascades. This is a bushwhack, so you will need route-finding experience and a map and compass, and you'll need to know how to use them.
 
 
Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
This pleasant trail offers an almost level walk to a grassy forested lake set in the rocky basin beneath Cutthroat Peak. This is an easy hike in an area of rugged, steep country and one of the few that are suitable for small children. It is an especially pretty hike in the fall when the larch are turning golden.
 
 
Newhalem Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Hike towards the base of Klawatti and Austera Peaks along Newhalem Creek on this unmaintained North Cascades National Park trail. Years of blowdowns and overgrowth make this trail difficult to hike and navigate, but Newhalem Falls and the views of the mountains cannot be beaten. It's a great way to get into the North Cascades in the winter and still avoid the snow.
 
 
Middle Fork Cascade River

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
 
8/11/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due the Pincer Creek Fire
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Early Winters

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
 
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
Early Winters
 
 
Abernathy Pass via Cedar Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
A lengthy, pleasant hike through lodgepole pine and deciduous forest, past a lovely waterfall to Abernathy Pass.
 
 
Newhalem Rock Shelter Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.1 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This short and sweet trail starts 0.3 miles east on the service road past Newhalem Creek Campground loops C & D, just past the steel grated Newhalem Creek Bridge.
 
 
Northern State Ghost Town

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 182.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(12 votes)
Once the largest hospital for mentally ill people in Washington State, Northern State Mental Hospital was a town unto itself. Parts of the site are still in use and off-limits, but the farm is now a recreation area. It is located just north of the Skagit River near the town of Sedro-Woolley. Stroll along the wide pastoral trails amongst the buildings and cemetery.
 
 
Picket Range

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10000 ft.
Highest Point: 8151.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to the Picket Range is a Class 3 and involves exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.