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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
48.5247, -120.7358 Map & Directions
Length
70.3 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
13649 feet
Highest Point
7100 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes

This last leg of the Pacific Crest Trail (or first depending on whether you're north- or southbound) offers breathtaking views as it passes along the eastern edge of the North Cascades and into the Pasayten Wilderness. Make sure to bring your passport to complete your journey in Manning Provincial Park! Continue reading

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Hiking Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

After passing through the North Cascades National Park, the PCT heads east for this final section that runs along the eastern edge of the Cascades and through the Pasaysten Wilderness before ending in Manning Provincial Park in British Columbia.

From beginning to end, the route offers a wide array of scenery, from the jagged peaks of the Cascades to valleys, ridges, meadows and woods in the expansive and rugged, rolling terrain of the Pasaysten Wilderness. Early fall is the best time to be here, when the fall foliage puts on a brilliant display of reds, golds, yellows and green throughout this 70-mile stretch.

Though it starts in Rainy Pass, this section is actually protected from much of the rain and snow that Mount Baker and the rest of the North Cascades to the west are so well known for. For this reason, late-season hikers should be prepared to pack in water, though water sources are available at Harts Pass. From late October through mid-summer, however, hikers should still expect and prepare for snowy and icy conditions, and winter hikers must watch out for avalanche conditions along the often exposed route.

Hikers should also keep in mind that there are no resupply options available along this section, and the only vehicle access is at Harts Pass, where Road 5400 crosses the trail. Also remember to bring your passport and review the border crossing procedures, as this section crosses the US-Canada border at Monument 78 66.2 miles into the trek.

NOTE: As of 2010, it is no longer legal to cross the border heading southbound into the US from Canada on the PCT. Check PCTA's website for more information about border crossing before heading out.

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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5247, -120.7358 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

Drive east on the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20) for 51 miles to Rainy Pass. Make a left (across the road from Maple Pass) and drive less than half a mile to an unpaved parking lot for the Pacific Crest Trail. Restrooms are available here.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Pacific Crest Trail Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park (#2000)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Pacific Crest Trail Oregon & Washington (Jeffrey Schaffer and Andy Selters) - Wilderness Press

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

Cascade Series - Northern Washington

www.pctmap.net/iphone/wa_section_l_map.pdf

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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

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