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700 Hikes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 3182 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
For a more strenuous snowshoe, head out to Deer Creek and the Lake Kelcema trail. From the parking area, the route proceeds up Deer Creek Road (Road 4052). Watch out for tubers and sledders on the lower portion.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 3930 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Part of the scenic Pacific Northwest Trail, rugged 8-mile Swift Creek Trail accesses the Mount Baker Wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4040 ft.
Highest Point: 4460 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
With a trailhead accessible year round, Cow Heaven and views of the Skagit and Sauk River Valleys along with the majestic North Cascades are a promising paradise despite the challenge of a zigzag ascent spent mostly within the shelter of the forest.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
 
The route on the Coleman Glacier involves advanced snow travel. Those hoping to traverse Coleman Glacier should have the appropriate gear and a plan, and need to consult a map and identify their route before attempting.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 906 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This less-than-a-mile boardwalk hike is a lovely way to get outside and enjoy a little forest time in a cathedral of trees.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5946 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
A steep, infrequently maintained trail that is part of the White Pass-Pilot Ridge Loop.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
A relatively easy hike to a tranquil mountain lake.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
On a clear day, some of the area’s most notable peaks are visible from the crest of Mallardy Ridge, reached by snowshoeing along an easy-to-follow route.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
3.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 7001 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(20 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.26
(323 votes)
The curiously-named Lake Twentytwo is the center of an oasis of alpine wetland nestled on the northern shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. In winter the route lends itself to snowshoeing.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(111 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.96
(23 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Cutthroat Pass is a stunner no matter which way you access it. This way, you'll enjoy a wider, more well-maintained trail, and you're more likely to share it with Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.82
(116 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.87
(15 votes)
The family friendly trails of 670-acre Rockport State Park explore an ancient forest where dappled sunlight illuminates mossy trees and lush ferns -- perfect for a springtime stroll.
 
 

North Cascades

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
 
Milton Mountain
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
A lengthy, pleasant hike through lodgepole pine and deciduous forest, past a lovely waterfall to Abernathy Pass.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
 
Early Winters
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 7782 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
When the deeper backcountry is under snow (or just too far away) Burch Mountain can provide a beautiful day hike with views aplenty.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
1.65 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Beaver Loop is a pleasant, level outing which is easy to follow and and has many distractions for younger hikers. There is ample opportunity for wildlife and best of all it is close to town.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
Highest Point: 8087 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to Lamont Mountain is a Class 3 and involved exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 

North Cascades

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
 
Twisp River
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5327 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.58
(186 votes)
Road Closed: As of 12/7/21 the road to the Mount Pilchuck Trailhead is closed for the winter season.
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 780 ft.
Highest Point: 1980 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail is short and steep with great views. The rocky, arid climate of eastern Washington is on full display as this crumbly-at-times trail snakes up through cliff bands and rock gardens.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 3956 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(4 votes)
North Mountain is home to a network of mountain bike trails which can be accessed at many points along the North Mountain road, but the lookout tower is a destination in itself.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(46 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: As of 11.22.21 Glacier Creek Road is washed out at milepost 3.1 cutting off vehicle access to this trail.
If you'd like nose-to-nose access to Mount Baker, this first-rate woodsy walk delivers. Over a relatively short, well-maintained trail with mild elevation gain, you can be glacier-side in no time... if the creek crossings allow.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Trailhead Inaccessible: As of 11.22.21 Glacier Creek Road is washed out at milepost 3.1 cutting off vehicle access to this trail.
Following a series of winding, snow-covered forest roads, the route to Coal Pass culminates in sweeping views of Mount Baker’s glaciated northwest flank.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1938 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(106 votes)
Trail closed: The bridge over the Stillaguamish River has been removed for repairs rendering the Big Four Ice Caves inaccessible
Never go into or climb on top of the Ice Caves
This is an easy walk on a wide gravel and boardwalk path to views of Big Four Mountain and the caves beneath the snow. Hikers of all ages and abilities can enjoy this trail.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(18 votes)
Trail Closed 11.18.21: Horseshoe Bend Trail is closed at 0.1 mile due to erosion and land slide hazards until further notice.
Here's a Mount Baker Highway gem that's low enough to be passable all year and at the same time easy enough for the whole family. It's also a terrific spot to witness the power of water.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.65
(26 votes)
Hike a trail built mostly of boardwalk planking through peaty bogs beside three quiet little lakes. Established campsites with fire pits, benches and tent platforms await a weekend of camping with the kids. This trail also makes a pleasant weekday hike for those with creaky knees, as it is not difficult. As you hike, enjoy the many plants and animals that make the lowland bog environment home.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3650 ft.
Highest Point: 7660 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Starting in a forested creek valley, climb through alpine forest, meadows, and rocks to expansive vistas at the Stiletto Lookout site. Your destination is visible from the trailhead, on the end of the ridge to the southeast.