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835 Hikes
Copper Glance Lake

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2560 ft.
Highest Point: 6260.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cub Creek Fire
This hike through history, both natural and mining, leads to a beautiful emerald lake below the rocky cliffs of Isabella Ridge. The mix of old mining road and steep trail passes through burnt forest, past an old mine, through flowered meadows, and across a boulder field to reach Copper Glance Lake.
 
 
Sun Mountain Trails

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
68.4 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
8.10.21 Area Closed: The majority of trails in the Sun Mountain Area are closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
The Sun Mountain Trails are a vast and dynamic network of trails that radiate out from Sun Mountain Lodge located in the hills west of the town of Winthrop.
 
 
Lake Ann (Rainy Pass)

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(18 votes)
The trail to Lake Ann is a wonderful, short way to see the impressive glaciated valley encircled by the popular Heather - Maple Pass Loop. Lake Ann features views of ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, a lake ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 
Harts Pass to Rainy Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
30.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
Walk along the Pacific Crest Trail through some of the most stunning landscape Washington has to offer. Traverse the treeline as you enjoy sweeping views and mountain passes.
 
 
Stehekin to Rainy Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Connect between the Stehekin River and Rainy Pass on this section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Views of peaks in every direction capture the hiker's attention as you walk through the beautiful North Cascades.
 
 
Thunder Woods Nature Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 305 ft.
Highest Point: 1620.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
An informative 0.9 mile loop hike through the forest.
 
 
Ross Dam Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
This forested trail in the North Cascades National Park Complex leads down to Ross Lake and the network of trails in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Look out over both Ross Lake and Ross Dam before making your way down to Ross Dam itself
 
 
Sauk Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(6 votes)
You’ve done Sauk Mountain and marveled at the fabulous views, now hike down to the delightful little lake you see from the top! The trail is a bit rough and overgrown, but the lake is a quiet alternative to the busy trail above.
 
 
Rainy Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 70 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
This one mile long wheelchair-accessible trail takes you to a beautiful alpine lake.
 
 
Pyramid Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(14 votes)
This is a nice, quiet little forest hike, where the journey is half the destination. The lake is pond sized, and surrounded by large boulders. It is pretty in its own way, a still lake with nice reflections, yellow waterlilies and silvered logs floating on the surface. The clumps of grasses and moss growing on the floating logs create a mini ecosystem to observe up close.
 
 
Monogram Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4675 ft.
Highest Point: 5719.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
This gem of an alpine lake, situated in a cirque beneath the glaciated summit of Little Devil Peak, is ringed by verdant meadows and frequented by resident wildlife.
 
 
Little Beaver Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
35.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6213 ft.
Highest Point: 5197.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.20
(5 votes)
A trek through the Little Beaver valley in the heart of the North Cascades offers remarkable old-growth forest, phenomenal mountain views and plenty of options for backpackers.
 
 
Willow Lake Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
23.5 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 2880.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Willow Lake Trail is part of the East Bank Trail in the North Cascades National Park. Willow Lake is a small lake along the route and sits on the north end of Ross Lake.
 
 
Rainbow-McAlester Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6650 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Sample the best the North Cascades has to offer—subalpine lakes, forested valleys and rugged mountain passes—on this multiday trek.
 
 
Twisp Pass via Dagger Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
15.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2420 ft.
Highest Point: 6060.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take a walk in the forest on this trail as it climbs past a shallow lake and continues nearly to treeline at Twisp Pass. The upper half of the trail is flowered in summer and the power of avalanches is evident in the pick-up-sticks debris field shortly before Dagger Lake. At Twisp Pass in an intersection with many informal trails for further exploration.
 
 
Gorge Lake Overlook

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.53 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 70 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This very short trail provides astonishing views of nature’s beauty as well as humanity's technological “improvements” upon it. Half this loop is paved, allowing an out-and-back for all family members, while the remaining graveled loop section is never steep nor too challenging.
 
 
East Bank Ross Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
You'll enjoy moderate elevation gain and fabulous views on this lakeside trail that stretches more than 30 miles north -- nearly to Canada.
 
 
Happy-Panther

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
An old pack trail reincarnated, Happy-Panther is both one of the oldest and newest trails in the North Cascades National Park Complex.
 
 
Golden Horn - Snowy Lakes

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
23.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(12 votes)
Experience the Pacific Crest Trail at its finest. This backpacking trip takes you across four passes to two lovely alpine lakes in the shadow of Golden Horn, Tower Mountain and Mount Hardy.
 
 
Desolation Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6102.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
Trek a dry, strenuous trail to a famous fire lookout. Jack Kerouac stayed here as a lookout and used the experience to inspire Desolation Angels and Dharma Bums. The historic lookout is no longer accessible to the public, but you can still trek to the location and appreciate the view.
 
 
Bridge Creek - McAlester Pass to Stehekin

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
38.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Wildlife is often difficult to spot in the North Cascades, but McAlester Pass is an exception to this. Take a multi-day backpack from Highway 20 into the tiny town of Stehekin, where you can rest easy and gorge yourself on treats from the renowned bakery before making the multiple mile trek out.
 
 
Big Beaver Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
24.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Visit one of the best old-growth hikes in the North Cascades, with views of a vivid blue lake and jagged, snowy peaks thrown in for good measure.
 
 
East Bank Baker Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(20 votes)
This hike along Baker Lake is a busy, popular trail in summer. It is a nice off season walk though, and is perfect on a crisp, clear winter day. With the leaves off the trees, views that aren't possible in summer emerge; the surrounding peaks and the mossy green silhouettes of the leafless maple trees cover the hillside. A bonus any time of year are the many creeks, quaint bridges, large old-growth trees and of course, Mount Baker as the main attraction.
 
 
Mudhole Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
With an ominous name like Mudhole Lake, it would be easy to set low expectations for this destination. Don’t be fooled though. This infrequently-visited route provides a steep ascent on good trail with expansive views and good berries in season. After just a couple of miles, a hidden pond, nestled in among larches in a high mountain cirque, will be all yours.
 
 
Sourdough Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Whether you’re in the area or just driving through, Diablo Lake is always a good spot to stop and take in the North Cascades. If you want to extend your stop into a hike, check out the Sourdough Creek Trail. This short and moderate trail traverses through lush, mossy forest and leads you up to the Sourdough Creek waterfalls. With wildlife, mountain and lake views and plenty of rest stops, this trail is perfect for all ages.
 
 
Pierce Mountain Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 5965.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Pierce Mountain Trail is a gentle trail up Sourdough Mountain from the Big Beaver trail.
 
 
To Know a Tree

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The short hike follows the river around the Newhaken Creek Campground on a mostly level trail. The signs along the way denote the common trees and plants of the lush understory and tall trees surrounding the trail.
 
 
Snowfield Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5032 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A climb in the North Cascades. Climbing gear, routefinding experience and expertise required.
 
 
Wing Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
A challenging offshoot trail from the Heather Maple Pass loop that traverses a large talus field to arrive at two stunning alpine lakes.
 
 
Stiletto Vista

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Between Twisp Pass on the east and Stiletto Peak lookout site (a.k.a. Stiletto Vista) on the west is the North Cascades National Park Stiletto Cross-Country Zone with options for roaming and climbing. For a detailed description of the hiking trail to explore this area, see WTA's Stiletto Peak entry.