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45 Hikes
Tungsten

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Explore an abandoned tungsten mine as you connect between the Chewuch Trail and Boundary Trail. Enjoy views of mountain peaks, meadows, and refreshing streams along the way.
 
 
Seven Pass Loop (Pasayten)

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
26.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 7446.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
This breathtaking loop offers an undulating ridge walk on the Pacific Crest Trail, a jaunt through the West Fork Pasayten River Valley — one of the priority areas in WTA's Lost Trails Found campaign — and views from the highest fire lookout in the state.
 
 
Cathedral Pass Loop

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
44.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This Trail is closed until further notice due to the Cub Creek 2 fire.
Hike through some of the Boundary Trail’s best scenery on the 44-mile lollipop loop along the Chewuch River and through majestic Cathedral Pass.
 
 
Burch Mountain via Falls Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 7782.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(6 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: The trail is closed due to the Cub Creek Fire
When the deeper backcountry is under snow (or just too far away) Burch Mountain can provide a beautiful day hike with views aplenty.
 
 
Coleman Ridge

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
27.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 7400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
8/10/21 A portion of this trail is closed from Four Point Lake to the junction with Trail 504 (Andrews Creek) due to the Cub Creek Fire
This difficult to follow ridge trail was burned in the 2003 Farewell Fire and is no longer maintained. For those with good navigation skills, it provides access to Remmel Mountain.
 
 
Larch Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
32.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 7500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed from the trailhead the Pasayten Wilderness boundary due to the Cub Creek Fire
Follow this trail through the heart of the Pasayten Wilderness. Take in all the sights the Wilderness has to offer, including but not limited to: stunning peaks, refreshing creeks, wildflowers galore, and limitless views from ridges.
 
 
Hidden Lakes

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
34.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(7 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed from the trailhead to the Pasayten Wilderness boundary due to the Cub Creek Fire
The Hidden Lakes are the jewels of the Pasayten Wilderness. Tucked high within the Wilderness, these lakes provide backpackers with opportunities to fish, swim, relax, and view wildlife and wildflowers.
 
 
Black Lake

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 780 ft.
Highest Point: 3982.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.89
(9 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed from the trailhead to junction with Trail 514 due to the Cub Creek Fire
While snow still coats the high places of the Methow Valley, the hike to Black Lake offers early-season wildflowers amidst the recovery from a devastating 2003 wildfire.
 
 
Chewuch River Trail

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
37.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed from the trailhead to the junction of Trail 534 due to the Cub Creek Fire
The Chewuch River Trail provides access to the very popular Cathedral Lakes area on the Boundary trail. Walk through a burn zone, lodgepole pine, and meadows as you travel deep into the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
Andrews Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
31.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed from the trailhead to the junction with Trail 525 due to the Cub Creek Fire
Dive deep into the heart of the Pasayten Wilderness on the Andrews Creek trail. Walk along Andrews Creek through a burn zone. Connect to the Boundary trail after passing through a lush meadow of wildflowers.
 
 
Lake Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
37.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed from the trailhead to the junction with Trail 514 due to the Cub Creek Fire
Visit beautiful Black Lake on your way to Ashnola Pass and the Boundary trail. Enjoy views of peaks and plenty of wildflowers as you make your way through this 2003 burn zone.
 
 
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.
 
 
North Twentymile Peak

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
12.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4387 ft.
Highest Point: 7437.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cub Creek Fire
On this little used trail, hikers can see history, both natural and man-made. Large sections of the forest are recovering from the 2006 Tripod Complex Fire, and the two lookouts on the summit provide a glimpse of the 1920's and 1940's construction.
 
 
Windy Peak Loop

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
14.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3830 ft.
Highest Point: 8060.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This loop takes you into the high country of the Pasayten wilderness to Sunny Pass, the to another pass through Horsehoe Mountain and Pick Peak, and over Windy Peak.
 
 
Horseshoe Basin

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 7200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(16 votes)
At the easterly edge of the Pasayten Wilderness, almost touching the Canadian border, lies a truly unique and beautifully remote place. Horseshoe Basin is one of the few places in the Lower 48 to contain arctic tundra and is home to bears, deer and pronghorn sheep, if you know where to look.
 
 
Whistler Cutoff

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1320 ft.
Highest Point: 6480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail is an essential link for access to the west and central Pasayten wilderness. It allows hikers to avoid the steepest parts of the Buckskin Ridge Trail and the minimally maintained West Fork Pasayten Trail. Or, it can be part of a multi-day loop trip on any of the four major north-south trails: Pacific Crest Trail, West Fork Pasayten Trail, Buckskin Ridge Trail, and Robinson Creek (Middle Fork Pasayten) Trail.
 
 
Lost River

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 2680.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
This nice valley walk, serenaded by the sound of the Lost River, used to be the easy start of a difficult trail access into the central Pasayten Wilderness. The Eureka Creek bridge is now gone, making a good turn around point, while Lost River access at the wilderness boundary makes a good location for a long break.
 
 
Tiffany Lake

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 6750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
This short, family-friendly trail with numerous add-on options visits a pretty lake basin at the easternmost edge of the North Cascades and provides long-distance views of some of Washington's loneliest country.
 
 
Monument 78

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
17.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1580 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Monument 78 can be found along the Pacific Crest Trail at the US-Canadian Border.
 
 
Tiffany Mountain via Freezeout Ridge

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1685 ft.
Highest Point: 8245.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.23
(13 votes)
Start at one of the higher trailheads in the state (6560 feet) and follow the trail even higher. In early summer, if the thinner air doesn't take your breath away, the flowers and views will.
 
 
Freezeout Ridge

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
7.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1040 ft.
Highest Point: 7700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(7 votes)
The Freezeout Ridge trail is located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
 
 
Dean Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
3.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 7100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
 
For confident hikers willing to put in the work for a shortcut to stunning views, Dean Creek trail leading to Bunker Hill is a good option.
 
 
Robinson Mountain

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6166 ft.
Highest Point: 8726.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A challenging summit of a peak in the North Cascades. Route-finding experience required.
 
 
Rock Creek

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
7.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
Enjoy views of peaks and wildflowers as you connect the PCT to the Pasayten Wilderness. This trail features abundant wildlife and a comfortable grade.
 
 
Albert Camp

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.60
(5 votes)
Connect to Horseshoe Mountain on this scenic ridge trail that takes you through a lodgepole pine forest and some of the most spectacular views in the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
Billy Goat Loop

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
50.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 7500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
In one trip you can traverse over five mountain passes, visit four mountain lakes and groves of larches, and experience some of the most remote edges of the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
 
25.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1940 ft.
Highest Point: 6220.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Officially named Robinson Creek, the Middle Fork Pasayten River trail is loved by locals and visitors alike for its big trees, path alongside the wild river, and access into the central Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
Robinson Creek - South

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3660 ft.
Highest Point: 6220.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
The sight and roaring sound of Robinson Creek will accompany you on your forested hike up the valley, following in the footsteps of an early trapper, Billy Robinson. The low starting elevation makes this a popular late spring/early summer day-hike or overnight.
 
 
Ferguson Lake Trail

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 140 ft.
Highest Point: 6631.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
The trail to Ferguson Lake is an offshoot of a now mostly abandoned loop trail that skirted Wildcat Mountain and followed Eureka Creek. Fortunately, the route to Ferguson Lake, which includes the Ferguson Lake Trail is still maintained.
 
 
Slate Peak

North Cascades -- Pasayten

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 7440.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(4 votes)
 
This is a road hike on Forest Service Road 5400 from the gate to the lookout on top of Slate Peak.