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Shannon Ridge

North Cascades
48.7544, -121.5967 Map & Directions
Length
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2800 feet
Highest Point
5400 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
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Northwest Forest Pass

A welcome change of pace from some of the busier nearby hikes, this North Cascades ridge hike offers the same stunning views minus the crowds. Continue reading

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Hiking Shannon Ridge

A welcome change of pace from some of the busier nearby trails, this North Cascades ridge hike offers the same stunning views minus the crowds. 

Best accessed in summer and fall in order to take full advantage of wildflower- and berry-filled alpine meadows, be prepared to share the trail with climbers using it as an approach for a summit attempt of Mt. Shuksan via the Sulphide Glacier. 

The trail starts easily on an old logging road for the first 1.5 miles, then begins switchbacking up through a previously-timbered forest area, getting steeper and a little bit more dense after about 2 miles. One more mile of upward hiking will have you breaking out onto Shannon Ridge at 4,600 feet, where astounding views of Mt. Shuksan, Mt. Baker and Baker Lake await. Meander along the ridge for 0.5 miles and cross over into the National Park boundary.

Campsites are available along the ridge. Bring a blue bag to properly dispose of human waste, and remember to practice other responsible Leave No Trace ethics. 

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Shannon Ridge

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7544, -121.5967 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

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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

From Sedro-Woolley, follow State Route 20 east to milepost 82. Turn left (north) on the Baker Lake Highway, FS road 11. Continue on the Baker Lake Highway 24 miles to FS road 1152 (directly across from the Shannon Creek Campground). Turn left on FS road 1152 and continue 4.5 miles to FS road 1152014. Turn right and travel 1.5 miles to the road's end. Privy, picnic table, signboard, and trash bins available

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North Cascades

Shannon Ridge (#742)

North Cascades National Park

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