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52 Hikes
 
14.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
Stunning section of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Starts high and stays high, going from Hart's Pass to Windy Pass to Holman Pass.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 7200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.88
(16 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
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 alpine tundra and is home to bears, deer and pronghorn sheep, if you know where to look.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
11.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4050 ft.
Highest Point: 8100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
Follow this rugged trail through a former burn to views of Mount Baker and the expansive Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 7386 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(16 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in a section where its name describes its location. From the trail high on the ridge, the views abound. In the three passes are flowers in the summer and golden larch in the fall. A side trip up Tatie Peak provides 360 degree views of the North Cascades.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
34.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
6.2 miles, one-way
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1570 ft.
Highest Point: 7891 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes
Reaching the summit of Clark Peak requires going off trail.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
4.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
The Shellrock Pass trail has not been maintained for 25 years. However, the way is relatively easy to follow if you have a map and are familiar with cross-country travel.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
44.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(9 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 6950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.30
(10 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
There are few places where you start your hike at 7,000 feet without any effort. Spectacular views, a dizzying array of wildflowers and larch groves -- this hike is simply gorgeous and a pure Pasayten experience.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
7.1 miles, one-way
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 5900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
Enjoy views of peaks and wildflowers as you connect the PCT to the Pasayten Wilderness. This trail features abundant wildlife and a comfortable grade.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3660 ft.
Highest Point: 6220 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
7.9 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 6942 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
This lightly used trail connects Robinson Pass and Slate Pass.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
6.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
A no-longer maintained trail in the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
12.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4387 ft.
Highest Point: 7437 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
25.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(9 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
Follow this trail for the first four miles for a pleasant hike with views of peaks and a creek. More experienced hikers can continue down the trail for incredible views of the Pasayten Wilderness and a connection to Hidden Lakes.
 
 
 
25.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1940 ft.
Highest Point: 6220 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 2680 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
32.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 7500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.60
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3510 ft.
Highest Point: 7782 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
Start on a trail popular for horses and hikers to Billy Goat Pass, then take a right on a hiker-only trail for a high ridge traverse to a larch grove pass. Finish with a steep climb to a lookout site and 360 degree views.
 
 
 
119.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 21071 ft.
Highest Point: 7490 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Lakes
This 119-mile section of the 1200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail traverses the entirety of the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
14.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3830 ft.
Highest Point: 8060 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2560 ft.
Highest Point: 6260 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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 Cascades > Pasayten

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 6750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
6.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1320 ft.
Highest Point: 6480 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
37.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
26.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4100 ft.
Highest Point: 7446 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 7440 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.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
6.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 3550 ft.
Highest Point: 6850 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Rivers
  • Ridges/passes
This is a multi-use trail in a multi-use area. Activities include hiking and riding horses, mountain bikes, motorcycles, along with cattle grazing. The trail follows the West Fork Salmon Creek through a recovering forest burn and climbs the steep meadows of the headwaters to a pass with views to the east and options for ridge hiking to the north or south. In mid-summer the meadows are full of wildflowers.