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Happy-Panther

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

12.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.

Rating

2.67 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
A 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
 
 

An old pack trail reincarnated, Happy-Panther is both one of the oldest and newest trails in the North Cascades National Park Complex.

It connects the Ross Dam Trail near Happy Creek with the East Bank Trail near Panther Creek, hence its colorful name. Panthers are also known to periodically prowl these grounds. Their emotional state leans more toward subdued than jubilant. Hikers, however, should be quite happy with this trail’s lakeside views, quiet forest, and enchanting waterfalls.

 

Happy-Panther

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7268, -121.0611 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Getting There

The Ross Dam trailhead is accessible just off Highway 20 at milepost 134. It is also accessible via the East Bank trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
A 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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