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Happy-Panther

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
48.7268, -121.0611 Map & Directions
Length
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
550 feet
Highest Point
2000 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

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

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Hiking Happy-Panther

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 in Google Maps

Before You Go

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

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

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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

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

More Hike Details

Trailhead

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

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