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Dorado Needle

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

Elevation

Gain: 6280 ft.
Highest Point: 8440 ft.

Rating

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A backcountry permit is required to camp overnight in North Cascades National Park. Call the Wilderness Information Center at (360) 854-7245 the day of or the day before your trip to obtain a permit
 
 

The route to Dorado Needle is a Class 3 and involves exposed scrambles and glacier crossings. Gear and experience are recommended.

After parking along the south side of the Cascade River, you will need to walk downstream to a log crossing before continuing north into the woods. The path will take you up along the west side of Eldorado Creek until you meet a talus field at 4,000 feet. From there, you will reach a second talus field and follow the climber's path to the east. After reaching the base of a small waterfall, you will follow a steep trail up to an open basin with available campsites.

The trail from here will switchback to a nearby western ridge and descend slightly into the Roush Creek Basin. Proceed north over another talus field until you reach the Eldorado Glacier. Head north to the Inspiration Glacier and then onward onto the McAllister Glacier. Dorado Needle will be just to your west.

 

Dorado Needle

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 48.5497, -121.1386 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

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Getting There

Drive Hwy 20 to the little town of Marblemount. Keep going straight when 20 turns left and you will be on Cascade River Road. Drive the 19 miles until you reach a large parking lot on the right side of the road.

A backcountry permit is required to camp overnight in North Cascades National Park. Call the Wilderness Information Center at (360) 854-7245 the day of or the day before your trip to obtain a permit
 

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