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Eldorado Peak

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
48.5136, -121.1964 Map & Directions
Length
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
6716 feet
Highest Point
8876 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard

The Cascade River Road is closed for the winter season

The Knifes Edge on Eldorado Peak. Photo by John W. Porter.
  • Summits

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

Hike along a knife's edge to Eldorado Peak. Climbing experience and equipment required. Continue reading

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Hiking Eldorado Peak

Located in the picturesque North Cascades National Park, Eldorado Peak is Fred Beckey's "Queen of the Cascade River". The summit's craggy profile, remoteness, and knife edge summit combine to remind hikers of the Himalayas.

While the climb is not technically difficult, equipment and climbing experience are a must for this trip. But your efforts will reward you with views into Marble Creek, Dorado Needle, Forbidden Peak, Mount Buckner, Logan, Johannesburg and the other peaks of the Ptarmigan Traverse.

As exhilarating a summit experience as a hiker could hope for, the climb gives hikers who tackle it a feeling of being out in a truly remote alpine environment. This is a mountain that should be on any Pacific Northwest's mountaineers list.

Eldorado Peak

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5136, -121.1964 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

The Cascade River Road is closed for the winter season

A $26 backcountry permit is required to camp overnight in North Cascades National Park. Permits must be picked up in person at one of the park's Wilderness Information Centers

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-5 Northbound: Take exit 208 for Highway 530. Take a left on highway 530 at Darrington. The highway ends in 19 miles, where you can take a right onto Highway 20 towards Marblemount. Pass through the last gas station in Marblemount go straight onto the Cascade River Road. After crossing the bridge, the road takes you all the way to the trailhead at Mile Marker 20.

Note: The last 10 miles of road is gravel and washes out almost every year at some point. The trailhead itself is on the right. Privy at trailhead.

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Trailhead

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

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