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Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm, Sahale Glacier — Oct 26, 2013 — kgouibourk
Overnight
Features: Fall foliage | Ripe berries
Issues: Snow on trail
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Our goal was to summit the Sahale Glacier and maybe do Boston Peak. We left the TH at 1PM on Sat...
Our goal was to summit the Sahale Glacier and maybe do Boston Peak.

We left the TH at 1PM on Saturday and got to the Sahale Glacier Campground at 6PM. The Campground is at 7700 ft, not 7200 as we though initially. The Campground spots are covered by a few inches of snow. There are some small rockwalls but that was far from enough during our night. There is running water next to the campground, but I don't know for how long it will be accessible.

At night the wind picked up badly and we could see our Big Agnes Copper Spur UL and MSR Hubba hubba tents bend terribly due to winds, those are 3 season tents, it bended some poles but never collapsed. 7 inch of snow got added during that night. We ended up cancelling our "summit" day because of the snow and visibility was terrible.

We came across a few people that went towards the glacier, they had ice axe and microspikes. Their comments were that they wished they had a rope for one of the sketchy section.

The trail is clear of snow until you hit the pass. We had microspikes and crampons, there is only a 20 meters stretch on the Sahale Arm that you would want an ice axe, if you fall you have a steep 10 meters to arrest or its down 4000 ft cliff... After that there is nothing special except rock fields that are now slowly starting to be covered by snow. The views are beautiful and you might here some avalanche from time to time ;)
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Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm, Sahale Glacier — Aug 08, 2013 — stephen.alvarado
Day hike
Issues: Bugs
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Absolutely gorgeous hike! This has been on my Washington State bucket list all summer and I'm glad I...
Absolutely gorgeous hike! This has been on my Washington State bucket list all summer and I'm glad I went when I did when the weather was still nice (and before the road got washed out, just two days later). I originally planned on spending the night at the glacier camp, but missed out on getting a permit at the ranger station. Even on weekdays, it pays to get there early if you really want a camping permit.

Got to the trailhead around 11:00 and made it to the camp around 2:00. It was hot and sunny, but fortunately there was a cool breeze flowing through the valley. Still lots of biting flies though, which were a constant throughout the whole duration of the hike. Didn't encounter any snow until the very top--trail was dry and dusty the whole way up.

I spent several hours up at the camp taking in the scenery and waiting for the late afternoon light to arrive to take pictures. I started heading back down around 530 but didn't get back to the car until after sunset because I couldn't help but take what seemed like a million pictures of the endless sea of glaciated peaks bathing in the golden light. Truly a beautiful place, I didn't want to leave!

Check out my blog for more photos and a more detailed account of the journey. Thanks for reading! http://salvarado24.wordpress.com/[…]/

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Sahale Glacier — Jul 26, 2013 — Hikingqueen
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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This trip was all i could have asked for and more! Things just meshed together the plan was kind of ...
This trip was all i could have asked for and more! Things just meshed together the plan was kind of last minute and friends added on days before and it's a good thing cuz Tony got our permit the night before, the last spot at Glacier camp. We got our bear canisters at ranger station and arrived at Cascade pass at 10 AM. Amazing views from parking lot. Flies were bitting all the way to the pass, but so not complaining just know they are in the woods the whole way up.
The pass was amazing and I would have been happy right here.. but we went onward up the arm, again would have been happy right there...OMG the flowers are good right now! This elevation is a bit more than i'm used to especially with a overnight pack, but we rested and took tons of pics! Then came the last little rock hop and scramble up to camp not my favorite part at all, especially on the way down. We arrived 8 hours after starting out..i was ok with that...so tired we ate and watched the sunset laughing and sharing stories. So much fun! I didn't sleep but an hour all night even with sleeping pill the wind was really whipping my tent around. Again, worth every second of it. We chilled with a friendly marmot in the morning thanks to Nic for the heads up (our neighbor)! Thanks for the huge Hike a thon donation! That was SO NICE Of you! Saw herd of goats on the way down. Only 5 hours back to the car. If you haven't done this one add it to your list. I bet it's amazing in fall too.
Here's the link to my flickr page for more photos, hard to pick just 4 http://www.flickr.com/[…]/
I'm raising money for trails if you would like to sponsor me here's the link many thanks!
http://www.gifttool.com/ath[…]amp;AID=2449&PID=368764
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Sahale Glacier, Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm — Sep 01, 2012 — Surviving Urban
Multi-night backpack
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Our goal was the Sahale Glacier campsite. Due to it's popularity we were unable to secure the permit...
Our goal was the Sahale Glacier campsite. Due to it's popularity we were unable to secure the permit for the first night. Our first night we hiked in 9 miles over Cascade Pass and down to Cottonwood Camp. The second night we made it up the Sahale Arm to the camp. This is an amazing spot! You really must go!

We had super weather and all trails were in good shape. Hiking down to Cottonwood had some areas where the trail is like wading through a tall plant ocean. We just made sure we talked loud as there was plenty of bear sign. We did not see any bears, except for one on the road to the trailhead.

Plenty of water sources except at the Glacier camp, make sure you pack up enough water.

We saw a fair amount of other hikers and two Rangers.

For more on this trip check our blog.
Part one (Cascade Pass & Cottonwood):
http://survivingurban.com/[…]/

Part two (Sahale Arm):
http://survivingurban.com/[…]/
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Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm, Sahale Glacier — Aug 20, 2010 — ttime
Multi-night backpack
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Left the trailhead at 4:35pm on our way up to Sahale Glacier. Our departure time proved to be a bit...
Left the trailhead at 4:35pm on our way up to Sahale Glacier. Our departure time proved to be a bit late to finish with daylight. We saw marmots, mountain goats, deer, grouse and a bobcat - all at close range on our way up along with enjoying a beautiful sunset and a full moon. The last ascent to the glacier was very difficult at night (especially without knowing exactly where we were going). The trail at the top is a bit hard to find due to a rock slide. Not bad in the daytime, but tough to negotiate at night.

Just the same - absolutely a once in a lifetime chance to have a full moon lighting the way and all the mountain tops!

Saw 5 bears next morning - I believe we spoke to the folks in a post below... Take a bear jar with you for your (available at the ranger station) if you plan on camping.

Definately a tough hike with a full pack - call it 6 hours with breaks. But the views are the best we've ever seen! Take crampons to see the peak as it's snow covered.
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North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway

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