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700 Hikes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4350 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
Enjoy a swim in a nice quiet lake surrounded by forest. Due to the narrow road, lack of spectacular scenery and few campsites, this lake does not get as many visitors as other hikes in the area do. The trail receives little maintenance so it is a bit rough, but it is easily followed.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1320 ft.
Highest Point: 6480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail is an essential link for access to the west and central Pasayten wilderness. It allows hikers to avoid the steepest parts of the Buckskin Ridge Trail and the minimally maintained West Fork Pasayten Trail. Or, it can be part of a multi-day loop trip on any of the four major north-south trails: Pacific Crest Trail, West Fork Pasayten Trail, Buckskin Ridge Trail, and Robinson Creek (Middle Fork Pasayten) Trail.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(15 votes)
Discover this quiet ramble along the wild Sauk River as you follow the site of an old railroad grade. The trail will take you over a sturdy bridge across small Beaver Lake. End your hike at a scenic spot by the river and eat lunch with views of surrounding peaks. This is an especially good hike in the winter and early spring when the leaves are off the trees.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 2680 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
This nice valley walk, serenaded by the sound of the Lost River, used to be the easy start of a difficult trail access into the central Pasayten Wilderness. The Eureka Creek bridge is now gone, making a good turn around point, while Lost River access at the wilderness boundary makes a good location for a long break.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 6750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
This short, family-friendly trail with numerous add-on options visits a pretty lake basin at the easternmost edge of the North Cascades and provides long-distance views of some of Washington's loneliest country.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 4200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.11
(9 votes)
Follow a short, ADA-accessible path around Picture Lake, home to one of the most photographed vistas in America. Featuring a backdrop of craggy Mount Shuksan and a foreground of wilflowers ringing a sparkling lake in summer, Picture Lake is pretty as, well, a picture.
 
 

North Cascades

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A road walk and short boot path to a big falls
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
Gain: 7800 ft.
Highest Point: 7300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
The Peepsight trail is part of the Okanogan-Wenatchee trail system in the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
 
Road Closed: The 41 Road is closed here, necessitating a 4-mile road walk to access this trailhead
A primitive, difficult to navigate trail switchbacking downhill to the confluence of the forks of Canyon Creek, hence the name. Now situated behind the road closure on the Road 41 system, this trailhead is inaccessible by car.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
Highest Point: 8795 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
The highest summit in the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness, Oval Peak does indeed look ovoid when viewed from some directions. With talus as far as the eye can see, scrambling this peak can be frustrating, but reaching the top rewards climbers with views of the craggy peaks surrounding it, including Star, Courtney, and Gray Peaks.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
Often used as a connector to create larger loops, the Deer Park trail ventures through an old fire area into the wild Pasayten wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
17.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1580 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Monument 78 can be found along the Pacific Crest Trail at the US-Canadian Border.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
 
This trail goes through old-growth timber and meadows, eventually ending at 2.4-acre Pass Lake. This nine-foot-deep lake offers fair fishing.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
4.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
The Shellrock Pass trail has not been maintained for 25 years. However, the way is relatively easy to follow if you have a map and are familiar with cross-country travel.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
17.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2939 ft.
Highest Point: 5300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Take a nice long walk up the old Monte Cristo Road grade and stop by the townsite on your way. Rougher terrain begins on entering the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness area, and past Silver Lake, the trail becomes difficult to find. Trek along a steep mountain-side before finally cresting the ridge to look down on Twin Lakes and make the steep descent to the camp sites.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 29 ft.
Highest Point: 3040 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(9 votes)
This short hike to a lake in the Boulder River Wilderness is a great trail for families.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
21.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
 
Saddle Lake is along the route that accesses the Three Fingers Lookout. It requires an 8-mile road walk before the 2.5 miles to get to the lake. There is no camping allowed at this lake.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
25.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
 
Goat Flats is part of the route used to access Three Fingers Lookout.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1685 ft.
Highest Point: 8245 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(13 votes)
Start at one of the higher trailheads in the state (6560 feet) and follow the trail even higher. In early summer, if the thinner air doesn't take your breath away, the flowers and views will.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1040 ft.
Highest Point: 7700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
The Freezeout Ridge trail is located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
3.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 7100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
 
For confident hikers willing to put in the work for a shortcut to stunning views, Dean Creek trail leading to Bunker Hill is a good option.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6166 ft.
Highest Point: 8726 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A challenging summit of a peak in the North Cascades. Route-finding experience required.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
Gain: 8800 ft.
Highest Point: 8146 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The peak of Peepsight Mountain can only be accessed by going off trail.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
Gain: 7500 ft.
Highest Point: 8301 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Reaching the summit of Andrew Peak requires going off trail.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
7.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
Enjoy views of peaks and wildflowers as you connect the PCT to the Pasayten Wilderness. This trail features abundant wildlife and a comfortable grade.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
 
Formerly a popular hot springs site, Kennedy Hot Springs were buried in a 2003 flood. They are now inaccessible.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4700 ft.
Highest Point: 4849 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.90
(10 votes)
 
A summit outside of Darrington without an official trail system.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.60
(5 votes)
Connect to Horseshoe Mountain on this scenic ridge trail that takes you through a lodgepole pine forest and some of the most spectacular views in the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A climb in the Pasayten area of the North Cascades. Routefinding expertise and climbing gear required.
 
 

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
50.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 7500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
In one trip you can traverse over five mountain passes, visit four mountain lakes and groves of larches, and experience some of the most remote edges of the Pasayten Wilderness.