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700 Hikes

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(21 votes)
A pale green creek, big old trees, a variety of understory, and peek-a-boo views of snow-capped peaks. Day-hikers should take it easy, as the joy here is in the journey not the destination. Backpackers, however, may disagree. Families and first-time backpackers will enjoy beautiful camps just two miles from the trailhead. Experienced backpackers will note that Thunder Creek is a gateway to an extensive network of trails.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Between Twisp Pass on the east and Stiletto Peak lookout site (a.k.a. Stiletto Vista) on the west is the North Cascades National Park Stiletto Cross-Country Zone with options for roaming and climbing. For a detailed description of the hiking trail to explore this area, see WTA's Stiletto Peak entry.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
The Stettatle Creek Trail is an infrequently-used path that delivers hikers into a deep canyon in the heart of the North Cascades. Though it clears early in the season, this may not be the best option for those looking for an easy walk -- the trail is rugged and requires scrambling in places.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4870 ft.
Highest Point: 5985 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(20 votes)
The mountainous views that once inspired beatnik poets continue to inspire modern-day hikers who take on this strenuous yet rewarding challenge.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
Slide Lake is a short but remote hike that samples a rugged slice of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Popular among anglers, the hour-long drive up the single lane logging road deters crowds and ensures relative solitude. Magnificent old growth and a mountain lake with views toward snowy peaks are the reward.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
14.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3830 ft.
Highest Point: 8060 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This loop takes you into the high country of the Pasayten wilderness to Sunny Pass, the to another pass through Horsehoe Mountain and Pick Peak, and over Windy Peak.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Trail closed: The presence of hazard trees has led to the decommissioning of this site. Please refrain from parking or dispersed camping here
A paved interpretive trail on the Mountain Loop Highway near Verlot. Perfect for exploring children, curious adults, an extra add-on after a longer hike, or a leg stretch during a driving tour of the area.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
31.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(8 votes)
Trail Closed: The Suiattle River Road is closed just west of the Downey Creek Bridge until October 6 2021 due to forest fire damage.
Hike along a Wild and Scenic river, up a rugged ridge, and to a mirror-like iconic lake in Glacier Peak wilderness. This is a long hike, best done as a backpack, but it's absolutely worth the days you invest to explore here.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
7.8.20 Road Closed: This trailhead is inaccessible from the southern approach due to a washed out bridge on Forest Road 12 one mile past its junction with Forest Road 13.
Above the banks of the South Fork Nooksack lies Pioneer Camp and the trailhead for the Elbow Lake Trail. Climb gently the first two miles through mature, mid-elevation forest to the Bell Pass Trail junction, a little used route to Mazama Park, or continue another mile to access the remote beauty of Elbow Lake. Large, ancient yellow cedars can be found on the north side of the lake as the trail continues to wind towards the Middle Fork Nooksack.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.93
(15 votes)
Hike a beautiful, flat 2.5 mile walk in the woods along the White Chuck River. The trail has been cleared its entire length thanks to WTA trail crews.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1960 ft.
Highest Point: 4980 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Boulder Lake is a brilliant, azure gem set deep within a stunning cirque of metamorphic cliffs, but to reach it you will need perseverance.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3050 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.52
(21 votes)
The trail to Boardman Lake is one of the most accessible hikes along the Mountain Loop Highway, offering old-growth forest and a two-for-one lakeside opportunity. If you are willing to hike a mile or so in with marginal elevation gain, you can find yourself marveling at peaceful azure waters deep in the verdant backcountry of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 3346 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
A new trail makes this hike a 5 mile round-trip gently graded, obstacle free hike to a broad summit with views of the Methow Valley. Elevation gain of about 900 feet.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
27.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Whitehorse Trail runs for 27 miles along an old railroad grade, connecting the towns of Arlington and Darrington. The route generally follows Highway 530 and the North Fork Sauk River as it approaches the cascade foothills.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 3840 ft.
Highest Point: 6840 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
The War Creek Trail starts out along the Twisp River, just outside the town of Twisp. It is one of the many great options for accessing the northern shores of Lake Chelan from the Twisp River Road. Although this trail officially ends at the ridge overlooking the lake it connects with the Purple Pass Trail, which descends to the shore.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4200 ft.
Highest Point: 6610 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(6 votes)
A scramble to Del Campo Peak from Gothic Basic. Class 3 or 4. Technical expertise required.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.40
(5 votes)
Visit the remains of an old mining town in a basin surrounded by high peaks. Climb to Silver Lake nestled under the steep side of Silvertip Peak with good camping and good views of surrounding peaks.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 7200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(16 votes)
At the easterly edge of the Pasayten Wilderness, almost touching the Canadian border, lies a truly unique and beautifully remote place. Horseshoe Basin is one of the few places in the Lower 48 to contain arctic tundra and is home to bears, deer and pronghorn sheep, if you know where to look.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Extending from the family-friendly Wetland Wildlife Interpretive Trail at Howard Miller Steelhead Park, the Skagit–Sauk Reach Trail stretches toward the confluence of the Skagit and Sauk Rivers before looping back toward the camping area at the park.
 
 

North Cascades

 
Highest Point: 8407 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to Northwest Mox Peak is a Class 5 or above and involves exposed climbing. Gear and experience are recommended.
 
 

North Cascades

 
15.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 7400 ft.
Highest Point: 8504 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 

North Cascades

 
Highest Point: 8956 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 

North Cascades

 
Highest Point: 8480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
The route to Mount Rahm is a Class 5 and involves exposed climbing. Gear and experience are recommended.
 
 

North Cascades

 
Highest Point: 8979 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 

North Cascades

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6100 ft.
Highest Point: 8325 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A summit scramble near Hannegan Pass in the North Cascades. Route finding experience required.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
11.5 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Follow this rugged trail through a former burn to views of Mount Baker and the expansive Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(28 votes)
Hike to an old mining town by heading up a long-closed road along the South Fork Sauk River. This route largely sticks to the old route taken by miners over a century ago.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(25 votes)
This popular route for summitting Mount Baker is also a brilliant summer wildflower hiking destination.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(14 votes)
Providing access to the gorgeous views along the High Divide, Welcome Pass is a nice option for those looking for a workout. Count the 66 switchbacks from the trailhead to the pass at 5,200 feet.