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Results List

146 Hikes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
This is not an official trail, but rather a rough route in the Monte Cristo area. The route abuts many private property parcels and private cabins. Respect private property signs and refrain from visiting any structures you may encounter on this route.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
27.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
The Whitehorse Trail runs for 27 miles along an old railroad grade, connecting the towns of Arlington and Darrington. The route generally follows Highway 530 and the North Fork Sauk River as it approaches the cascade foothills.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
13.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1280 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(8 votes)
This trail provides access to Bachelor Creek Trail, Bachelor Meadows, Cub Lake and the Dome Peak area.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
The trail winds its way above the Suiattle River through old-growth forest and some mature forest recovering from an old burn from the 1920’s. The vegetation in the upper Suiattle watershed includes a wonderful mixture of west-of-the-crest/east-fo-the-crest species.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
Trail closed: The presence of hazard trees has led to the decommissioning of this site. Please refrain from parking or dispersed camping here
A paved interpretive trail on the Mountain Loop Highway near Verlot. Perfect for exploring children, curious adults, an extra add-on after a longer hike, or a leg stretch during a driving tour of the area.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4200 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
This trail has a brutal elevation gain in a short time, but the views from the peak of Sulphur Mountain are worth the climb.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
Not the easiest hike, but the reward is a hot springs if you are persistent.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(326 votes)
The curiously-named Lake Twentytwo is the center of an oasis of alpine wetland nestled on the northern shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. In winter the route lends itself to snowshoeing.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6214 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.48
(29 votes)
Vesper Peak is definitely not for the novice hiker, but for those thirsting for one step beyond hiking into backcountry adventure, it's a good leaping off point. The smooth, low angle granite of Vesper's upper reaches make for relatively easy off-trail travel and beginning routefinding.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.03
(31 votes)
Take a hike within sight and sound of the wild Sauk River--part of the Skagit Wild and Scenic River System established to maintain the free flowing nature of Washington's rivers. You'll wander through a forest of moss-covered maple, cedar and fir, listening for wildlife and the sound of the river.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(29 votes)
Hike to an old mining town by heading up a long-closed road along the South Fork Sauk River. This route largely sticks to the old route taken by miners over a century ago.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Historic old wagon road at Barlow Pass. An alternative route to getting to the Monte Cristo townsite.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2840 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.54
(98 votes)
Rough and tumble is the trail, just like the miners that constructed this path. Though not always easy, the ascent to Gothic Basin, has tremendous rewards. Early on, one simply meanders along side the relentless South Fork of the Sauk. Quickly though this trail will turn to a no-nonsense bee-line to the basin with waterfalls, flowers, and views of the surrounding mountains to keep one distracted. The ultimate rewards come to those who have enough strength to explore the basin after the ascent.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 3161 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(123 votes)
A nice hike with plenty of variety. Beautiful forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, history, and of course a large blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. At 10.4 miles, it can be either a day-hike or a quick early season overnight. You won’t be alone, though – this is a popular trail with both hikers and backpackers.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4200 ft.
Highest Point: 6610 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.86
(7 votes)
A scramble to Del Campo Peak from Gothic Basic. Class 3 or 4. Technical expertise required.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.54
(13 votes)
From Barlow Point’s rocky promontory, hikers can take in views of Mount Dickerman, Big Four, and Stillaguamish Peak.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
7.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 6554 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A scramble up a peak off the Mountain Loop Highway. Route finding gear and previous experience required.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
17.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2939 ft.
Highest Point: 5300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Take a nice long walk up the old Monte Cristo Road grade and stop by the townsite on your way. Rougher terrain begins on entering the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness area, and past Silver Lake, the trail becomes difficult to find. Trek along a steep mountain-side before finally cresting the ridge to look down on Twin Lakes and make the steep descent to the camp sites.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 220 ft.
Highest Point: 1938 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(107 votes)
Trail closed: The bridge over the Stillaguamish River has been removed for repairs rendering the Big Four Ice Caves inaccessible
Never go into or climb on top of the Ice Caves
This is an easy walk on a wide gravel and boardwalk path to views of Big Four Mountain and the caves beneath the snow. Hikers of all ages and abilities can enjoy this trail.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 5250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(29 votes)
Perry Creek proves you can have it all in a single hike – old-growth forest, wildflowers, waterfalls, meadows, expansive mountain views, even lakes! Tread lightly, though-due to its unparalleled diversity of native plants, the area between the summits of Stillaguamish Peak, Mount Forgotten, and Mount Dickerman is a research natural area that could (in theory) be closed to all uses but scientific study.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 1800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.90
(10 votes)
Trail closed: The bridge over the Stillaguamish River has been removed for repairs rendering the Big Four Ice Caves inaccessible
Never go into or climb on top of the Ice Caves
While this is a popular location to snowshoe in wintertime, there is high risk in winter from avalanches off the mountain that feeds these caves. Keep to the main trail, and do not venture onto the snowfields at the end of the route.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
13.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4300 ft.
Highest Point: 6005 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(14 votes)
Mount Forgotten is an appealing target for the peculiarly determined hiker-turned-climber. Its sheer wall of a summit is very striking and easily instills visions of alpinism in those headed to Mount Forgotten Meadows, but the route takes a roundabout journey that requires not so much vertiginous daring-do as it does oodles of patience. The views from the top are spectacular, particularly the unobstructed view straight up Glacier Peak.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.63
(112 votes)
If the best views come to those who earn them, Mount Dickerman offers the fairest vantage along the Mountain Loop. You’ll huff and puff through 4,000 feet of elevation on your way to the summit; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak in the Mountain Loop. In late summer, it also rewards the intrepid with a bounty of mountain blueberries.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
1.50
(2 votes)
 
5/25/22 - Trailhead Inaccessible: The Mountain Loop Highway is closed to vehicles between Barlow Pass north to the Bedal gate near the Bedal Campground. This annual winter closure will be lifted in the spring.
This snowshoe route is no longer a viable option due to the roads being quite overgrown with several washouts.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4700 ft.
Highest Point: 4849 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.90
(10 votes)
 
A summit outside of Darrington without an official trail system. The approach is on private property. Hikers are requested to respect this and stay on the road if you elect to visit it.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
This six mile stretch of the Whitehorse Trail is the only passable section, currently. However, the trail is slated to stretch 28 miles, connecting to the Centennial Trail in Arlington and terminating in the trail town of Darrington.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4150 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A peak scramble near Squire Creek Pass. Route finding experience and climbing gear required.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(3 votes)
 
A long-abandoned trail that branches off the unmaintained Upper Suiattle River Trail to Dusty Creek.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
11.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
Bear Lake snowshoe is a road walk along the Mountain Loop Highway ending with a short trail to the lake.
 
 

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A peak scramble off of the Mountain Loop Highway. Gear and route finding experience necessary.