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700 Hikes

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
11.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2635 ft.
Highest Point: 6135 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!
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
17.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2850 ft.
Highest Point: 7260 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
This hike is to a beautiful lake basin filled with larch and expansive views of the peaks above. From a basecamp at the lake, day trips explorations lead to other lakes and views.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Explore an abandoned tungsten mine as you connect between the Chewuch Trail and Boundary Trail. Enjoy views of mountain peaks, meadows, and refreshing streams along the way.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1950 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.
 
 

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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
Explore a scenic and incredibly varied landscape near Winthrop where you are almost certainly guaranteed to see some of the region’s abundant wildlife.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 4950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(20 votes)
Vesper Lake is squeezed, like a thumbprint in clay, deep in the saddle between the twin summits of Sperry Peak and Vesper Peak. Rarely is a lake situated so close and steeply below two summits like this–its unique setting gives you remarkably up-close (and straight-up) views of mountainous terrain. And all that comes after the former mining trail that provides incredible scenery along the way.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
26.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 7446 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Bearpaw Lake is a small fishing lake near the Damfino Lakes Trail, which is the shortest route to the exquisite High Divide.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
 
This hiker-only route is not an official trail It is a user-built route, and so is a rough and rugged climb. The way is often overgrown and the road to access the trailhead requires a high-clearance car.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3750 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.76
(21 votes)
A nice afternoon hike near Darrington up an abandoned road to an old mine.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(14 votes)
Magnificent old growth forests, stellar views of Mount Baker, turbulent tributaries, and, of course, a beautiful lake make this trail a great path to travel.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 640 ft.
Highest Point: 2840 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(8 votes)
This unique, low-elevation hike follows the North Fork Nooksack River to spectacular scenery near the base of Mount Shuksan. This is a great late summer or early fall hike when Ruth Creek is low enough to ford. Keep in mind the limited maintenance this trail sees -- you may be in for a brushbash.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5983 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2840 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(98 votes)
Rough and tumble is the trail, just like the miners that constructed this path. Though not always easy, the ascent to Gothic Basin, has tremendous rewards. Early on, one simply meanders along side the relentless South Fork of the Sauk. Quickly though this trail will turn to a no-nonsense bee-line to the basin with waterfalls, flowers, and views of the surrounding mountains to keep one distracted. The ultimate rewards come to those who have enough strength to explore the basin after the ascent.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 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.
 
 

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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North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 750 ft.
Highest Point: 2920 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cub Creek Fire
Explore an easy, gently graded trail to Falls Creek Falls just outside of Winthrop. The first waterfall is just a quarter-mile from the trailhead and is accessible via a paved trail.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
68.4 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
8.10.21 Area Closed: The majority of trails in the Sun Mountain Area are closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
The Sun Mountain Trails are a vast and dynamic network of trails that radiate out from Sun Mountain Lodge located in the hills west of the town of Winthrop.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
21.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4270 ft.
Highest Point: 5738 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.86
(7 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
At the end of the Wolf Creek Trail lies a magnificently remote place: Gardner Meadows, a subalpine valley of old growth firs and myriad other plant and animal life. Once the snow melts, it is a bonanza of wildflowers and a haven for Columbian ground squirrels, birds, deer, and other animals.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 0 ft.
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 182 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10000 ft.
Highest Point: 8151 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9800 ft.
Highest Point: 8000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to West McMillan Spire is a strenuous Class 3 and involved exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This short trail connects the River Loop and The Trail of Cedars in the Newhalem Campground. If you are staying in the campground, this is a great alternative to walking the hot gravel campground road.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
37.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8400 ft.
Highest Point: 9200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to Goode Mountain is a Class 5 and involves exposed climbing. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
36.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8009 ft.
Highest Point: 8285 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A summit off the North Cascades Highway. Route finding and navigating experience required.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 8129 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Crooked Thumb Peak is located in the Picket Range of the North Cascades National Park and can be reached via the Big Beaver Trailhead.