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Windy Peak

North Cascades > Pasayten
48.8555, -119.9453 Map & Directions
Length
11.0 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
4050 feet
Highest Point
8100 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

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Northwest Forest Pass

Follow this rugged trail through a former burn to views of Mount Baker and the expansive Pasayten Wilderness. Continue reading

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Hiking Windy Peak

Windy Peak is a gorgeous, rugged trail through a former burn area to views of Mount Baker and the expansive Pasayten Wilderness.

The trail climbs out of the Long Swamp Campground for 2.5 miles
to the boundary for the Pasayten Wilderness. From here, continue hiking through a grove of burned lodgepole pine to Two Bear Camp, where you can restock on water if necessary.

Continue through burned timber and open hillsides as you climb to Windy Peak. This is a good stopping spot for day hikers, though the trail does continue on, eventually connecting with the
Boundary Trail at Horseshoe Basin.

From the summit of Windy Peak, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the North Cascades and the surrounding area. On especially clear days Mount Baker is visible. For those staying here for a while, Windy Lake is a good side trip option.

This trail is part of WTA's Lost Trails Campaign. Learn more about how we're saving lost trails across the state here.

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Windy Peak

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.8555, -119.9453 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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 the town of Loomis, travel north on County Road 9425 for two miles to a junction with County Road #4066. Turn west onto 4066 which becomes FR 39. Drive this road for 20 miles to the junction of FR 39 and FR 3900-300 at the Long Swamp Campground. The trailhead for Windy Peak is next to Long Swamp Campground.

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Trailhead

North Cascades > Pasayten

Windy Peak (#342)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Ranger District

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