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700 Hikes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
14.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(7 votes)
A rugged trail that offers stunning views and access to several beautiful backcountry lakes.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1034 ft.
Highest Point: 2430 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.99
(142 votes)
After you've explored a few trails with your little one, the Heather Lake trail makes a wonderful next step. It's the perfect place to take children on their first ‘real’ hike. The trail is short, but steep and challenging--it'll give a child a real sense of accomplishment once they reach the lake. The lake itself is a scenic little lake located on the northeastern slope of Mount Pilchuck.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.42
(26 votes)
The wide-open trail to Hannegan Pass and Hannegan Peak offers spectacular mountain views, glorious alpine wildflowers, waterfalls and glaciers. Choose to hike to 5050 foot Hannegan Pass (about 8 miles roundtrip) or press on to the 6200 foot summit of Hannegan Peak -- 10.6 miles roundtrip.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.31
(32 votes)
In a state with so many places offering a day's walk to big, peaky views, Green Mountain still makes the short-list of Washington's all-time finest hikes. From woods to meadows to panoramic views and even a historic lookout, it just doesn't get much better than this.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 5600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.16
(19 votes)
From the top, you’ll marvel at vistas of icy peaks including Mounts Baker, Shuksan and Sefrit. Big alpine meadows with plenty of huckleberries in the fall!
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 3161 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(121 votes)
A nice hike with plenty of variety. Beautiful forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, history, and of course a large blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. At 10.4 miles, it can be either a day-hike or a quick early season overnight. You won’t be alone, though – this is a popular trail with both hikers and backpackers.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
7.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(13 votes)
This trail is a staircase of switchbacks that march ever upward through thick forest to deliver hikers to an iconic ridge walk in the North Cascades.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1820 ft.
Highest Point: 5400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(47 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
This gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1458 ft.
Highest Point: 5658 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Put your navigational skills to the test! This unmaintained trail just off Damfino Lakes trail may be brushy, but if you can find your way to Boundary Way, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views into Canada and the epic North Cascades.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1550 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.93
(123 votes)
The Boulder River trail is a nice hike that can be done any time of year. Come in winter while the rain is dripping off the mossy trees, photograph the waterfalls filled with spring snowmelt. Take the kids out for a little picnic in the summer, or leaf collecting in the fall. Come anytime midweek for quiet contemplation.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.54
(13 votes)
From Barlow Point’s rocky promontory, hikers can take in views of Mount Dickerman, Big Four, and Stillaguamish Peak.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 4300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.85
(20 votes)
Campfires are not allowed in this area
Bring the family for this easy hike at Heather Meadows. Two sparkling alpine lakes, an abundance of wildflowers, an impressive mountainous backdrop and a year-round snowfield make this a hike that will please everybody. What's more, this trail gets a fraction of the foot traffic that the trails at Artist Point get in late summer.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(22 votes)
This trail features plenty of variety, with destinations spaced perfectly for families or first-time backpackers. Beautiful hemlock forest, meadows dotted with wildflowers, gleaming lakes, mountain views, juicy berries and excellent camping are all available. Wait until later in the hiking season though, as this area is known for its bugs.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 327 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Park Closed: Due to a renovation project Pressentin Park will be closed until March 31 2022.
This county park consists of 40 acres of old homestead land in Marblemount. The park is for day use only and includes a picnic shelter, fishing and hiking trails.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 6521 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(28 votes)
The trail up to Winchester Mountain is less than two miles long and only 1300 feet of elevation gain, with access to a lookout at 6500 feet with outstanding 360 degree views. What’s the catch? The road.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5699 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.08
(13 votes)
Disregarding the apocryphal stories about their name, the Damfino Lakes are noteworthy only to distinguish this route from two other routes. The lakes pale in comparison to these magnificent destinations: Excelsior Pass, the High Divide, and Excelsior Peak.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(31 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
Rarely can hikers approach a climbers’ realm so easily, with minimal elevation gain, and enjoy beautiful views all along the way.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Highest Point: 9127 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
10.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
A scramble up a mountain near Lake Ann. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1900 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.27
(26 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
Enjoy up-close, breathtaking views of Mount Shuksan’s west face, along with views of Fisher Chimney, the upper and lower Curtis Glacier, as well as Mount Baker from the trail to Lake Ann. The lake in a rocky basin, in the midst of this spectacular scenery. On some days you can hear ice echoing through the valley as it crashes down the face of Mount Shuksan. This is a late season hike, as snow can linger here into August.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(5 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
With a starting elevation of 4,300, this tour is your best guarantee of good snow, even in a lean year.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
The Fire and Ice trail is the Mount Baker area's premiere interpretive trail, telling the story of how glaciers and volcanoes shaped this impressive place.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
 
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
Drive a rough road to a short trail leading to extremely popular hot springs near Mount Baker.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(13 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
This spectacular, short trail gets lots of love during its short hiking season. Accessible for less than three months each year, hordes of hikers and tourists take to it as the snow finally begins to melt.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(24 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
Artist Point is the top competitor for best viewpoint in the state. The beautifully shaped Mount Shuksan is the star of the area, with a gorgeous summit pyramid and several impressive glaciers. This relatively easy snowshoe is an excellent winter destination with a virtual guarantee of good snow coverage.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 725 ft.
Highest Point: 5700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(13 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
Table Mountain trail offers a variety of nice views, and opportunities to get away from the parking lot crowds at Artist Point. But heed the cautions before you set out.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

 
1.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Vehicle Access Limited: As of 10/07/21 Highway 542 is closed to cars for the winter season at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead milepost 54.7.
Hike from the Artist Point parking area to the Heather Meadows Visitor Center and back. With 1,100 feet of elevation gain, you'll have a great thigh workout. Combine Wild Goose with many of the other short trails in the area to make a full day of exploration, or use the Wild Goose trail to access Swift Creek or Lake Ann.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 7110 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(10 votes)
With multi-season beauty of summer flowers and golden fall larch, the Eagle Lakes naturally demonstrate why this multi-user trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is part of the popular Sawtooth Lakes Loop (aka Golden Lakes Loop). The more scenic Upper Eagle Lake has many campsites and provides a base for fishing, swimming, roaming, and climbing.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 635 ft.
Highest Point: 1875 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(31 votes)
Hike this easy leg stretcher while taking in the beautiful scenery of the North Cascades Highway. A good stop if you have a car full of restless children or you are showing off the area to visiting relatives. The views from the top are a big payoff for such a short hike.
 
 

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6720 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
Take an old prospector’s trail from valley to the heights of Copper Pass. Of course, the style of route is direct, with more up the fall line than switchbacks. Once there, enjoy the views west to the heart of the North Cascades and take time for exploration in all directions.