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Rainbow Creek Trail

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

33.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
A backcountry permit is required to camp overnight in North Cascades National Park. Call the Wilderness Information Center at (360) 854-7245 the day of or the day before your trip to obtain a permit
 
 

The Rainbow Creek trail provides day-hike diversions to visitors to the Stehekin Valley, but you'll need more than a few hours to truly appreciate the full length of the trail.

A visit to the expansive meadows of McAlester Pass, the cool waters of Rainbow Lake, and the high country beyond beckon backpackers on a loop hike more than 30 miles long.

 

Rainbow Creek Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.3378, -120.6941 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

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Getting There

From Stehekin, take the shuttle bus or walk to the lower Rainbow Loop Trailhead, about 2.5 from the dock on the Stehekin Valley Road. To access the Rainbow Creek Trail from Hwy 20, drive to mile 159, marked for the Bridge Creek Trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
A backcountry permit is required to camp overnight in North Cascades National Park. Call the Wilderness Information Center at (360) 854-7245 the day of or the day before your trip to obtain a permit
 

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