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700 Hikes

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3030 ft.
Highest Point: 5982 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 7433 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
25.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4350 ft.
Highest Point: 6450 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The climb up the North Fork Trail to the Pacific Crest Trail is steep and often buggy, but vast meadows of wildflowers and alpine heaven are the well-earned reward.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.44
(9 votes)
 
While Round Lake, tucked securely in a hidden basin on Lost Creek Ridge, is a wonderful locale, this hike is definitely more about the journey than the destination. After a demanding initial grunt, amble along a mile-high, flower-swaying, peak-packed, view-granting ridge. Savor one of the finest vantages for admiring spiraling Sloan Peak's sprawling sparkling glacier. And if you can ever move your eyes away from this mesmerizing mountain, a multitude of others demand your attention as well.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4875 ft.
Highest Point: 6975 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
 
A climber's trail past the abandoned lookout on Painted Mountain to higher elevations. Experience and comfort with scrambling necessary for this hike.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Some trails go to lakes, some to high viewpoints. This trail is all about the forest, and what a forest it is! Old-growth trees reach for the sky on either side of a brush-free trail, since understory is minimal when the big old trees block out the light. Find fantastic mushrooms here in the fall and forest wildflowers in the spring and early summer.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(8 votes)
This short trail descends 200 feet to the base of a large 45-foot waterfall.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
34.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8600 ft.
Highest Point: 6260 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This is a half-mile loop hike past giant cedar trees preserved by Harold Engles, a famous Forest Ranger.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
13.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6260 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
The Copper Ridge Trail forms part of the popular and iconic Copper Ridge Loop. The trail climbs to a ridge with stunning views before dropping down to the Chilliwack River Valley.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
17.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 2365 ft.
Highest Point: 4440 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
The Chilliwack River Trail is an important part of the Copper Ridge Loop and is also part of the traverse between Hannegan Pass and Ross Lake via a connection with the Little Beaver Trail.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
29.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7500 ft.
Highest Point: 6360 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7835 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This route on the north side of Sloan Peak is steep and challenging. Hikers with navigational skills can make it to the base of the peak -- climbing gear and expertise is needed to achieve the summit.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Much of the trails in this area follow old roads and Jeep roads around the area. It's an excellent area to bring dogs (on-leash) and apart from some blowdowns, is a very easy trail to follow with a low grade.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3850 ft.
Highest Point: 7047 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
 
Reynolds Creek is an unmaintained trail within the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
12.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4387 ft.
Highest Point: 7437 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
On this little used trail, hikers can see history, both natural and man-made. Large sections of the forest are recovering from the 2006 Tripod Complex Fire, and the two lookouts on the summit provide a glimpse of the 1920's and 1940's construction.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
37.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
Visit beautiful Black Lake on your way to Ashnola Pass and the Boundary trail. Enjoy views of peaks and plenty of wildflowers as you make your way through this 2003 burn zone.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
27.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 7400 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
31.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6700 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.
 
 

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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
Great views await you at the summit of Bald Mountain or Cutthroat Lakes if you can stand the rough, rocky, and rooty trail that you must brave to get there. Fortunately, lots of lakes and berries keep you busy along the way, and the ever-changing surroundings on this CCC-built, WTA-maintained trail make for a great day hike along the popular Mountain Loop Highway.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4200 ft.
Highest Point: 6854 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(17 votes)
 
A very challenging hike to a lookout in the Mountain Loop Area. Hike a road, then along a trail to gorgeous Goat Flats. From there, the route kicks up in difficulty as it accesses Tin Can Gap. The final push, up ladders rebarred into rock is exposed, and surefootedness is an absolute must at the lookout.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7570 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 13 ft.
Highest Point: 1035 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
The Verlot Nature Trail connects the Verlot Campground with Turlo Campground.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1170 ft.
Highest Point: 3578 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take a short hike to a cattail fringed lake and beyond through a blackened forest to grand views of the Sawtooth Range. It's a four-season hike boasting beauty in all seasons, pristine snow, spring and summer flowers, and some fall colors.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1070 ft.
Highest Point: 3520 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(9 votes)
This short hike to the top of Patterson Mountain provides great views across and along the Methow Valley from Twisp to Mazama, while to the west lies the Sawtooth Range.