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North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area
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4.6 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.


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Providing access to the High Divide, Welcome Pass is a nice option for those looking for a workout. Count the 66 switchbacks from the trailhead to the pass at 5,200 feet. This trail ascends through the steep forest, delivering hikers onto the ridge without wasting any time or ground. 

Your uphill efforts will be rewarded as you arrive at the doorstep of jaw-dropping views of Mount Shuksan and  glimpses of Price Lake, a glacier-fed beauty on the side of Shuksan. If you continue westward to the ridge, your walk will be a flower lined journey with views of Komo Kulshan (Mount Baker). On the way back down, enjoy the elusive points and crags of the Picket Range poking out in the distance. 


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Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.9135, -121.6998 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

High Divide (#630)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Mount Shuksan No. 14

Getting There

From Glacier, travel east on Highway 542. Go about 11.5 miles from the Glacier Public Service Center until you get to Milepost 45. Turn onto forest service road 3060, which will be on the left between milepost 45 and 46. This road is not signed and is easy to miss. If you get to milepost 46, you've gone too far. The trailhead and parking area are 1.5 miles from the highway, at the end of Road 3060.

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