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Hock Mountain

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
48.5091, -120.6936 Map & Directions
Length
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
5000 feet
Highest Point
7750 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard

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

Hock Mountain summit from the Southwest ridge. Photo by ann. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage

Hike a valley trail through old growth forest to the base of a peak, then an off trail class 2 scramble to the summit. Continue reading

Rating
3.00 out of 5

Hiking Hock Mountain

Hike a valley trail through old growth forest to the base of a peak, then take an off trail class 2 scramble to the summit.

Park just to the east of Rainy Pass at the Bridge Creek PCT trailhead. Cross to the southern side of Highway 20 to the PCT, and follow it to a junction with the Stiletto Spur trail.

Take the Stiletto Spur trail. At the junction with the Stiletto Peak trail, stay right. Stay right again at the junction with the Twisp Pass trail, then almost immediately take a left onto the McAlester trail. Just after the North Cascades National Park Boundary, look up at Hock Mountain which will be on your left. Twin avalanche paths give a great view.

Choose a path up the west slope, eventually following the southwest ridge to the summit. You may find it easiest to look for animal trails to follow, but the west side has no cliffs so many different routes will work. At the summit the views are huge, including Jack Mountain, Silverstar, Bonanza, Glacier peak, Goode Mountain, McAlester, McGregor, Dome, Black.... The cliff on the north side is almost too scary to look over.

Bring a map of the North Cascades and play "name that peak". If you do this hike in October you will enjoy the fall color of red blueberries and golden larches, and lots of mushrooms along the forest trail. Some of the creek crossings may be difficult due to broken bridges and slippery logs.

Hock Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5091, -120.6936 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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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

Take the North Cascades Highway (20) to the Bridge Creek Trailhead just east of Rainy Pass.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Washington Scrambles

by Peggy Goldman. Mountaineers Books.

USGS McAlester Mountain

Green Trails Washington Pass 50

Green Trails Stehekin 82

National Geographic North Cascades National Park

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