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149 Hikes
Lake 22

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.26
(308 votes)
The curiously-named Lake Twentytwo is the center of an oasis of alpine wetland nestled on the northern shoulder of Mount Pilchuck. The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. In winter the route lends itself to snowshoeing.
 
 
Mount Pilchuck

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(174 votes)
Despite its intermediate difficulty, Mount Pilchuck sees a slew of visitors in a given year, as hikers flock to the trail for its grand panoramic views and historic restored fire lookout. Easily one of the most rewarding hikes in the area, its relatively short 2.7 mile, 2,300 feet ascent gifts you 360-degree views of Mount Baker, Mount Rainier and the Olympics from its shelter lookout, which sits nestled on a summit that tops out around 5,300 feet. This calf-friendly journey is all made possible by a high elevation trailhead, which sets you off on your travels around 3,000 feet, cutting what would otherwise be an arduous ten mile roundtrip in half.
 
 
Sulphur Creek

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.57
(7 votes)
Not the easiest hike, but the reward is a hot springs if you are persistent.
 
 
Mount Dickerman

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3950 ft.
Highest Point: 5760.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.64
(105 votes)
If the best views come to those who earn them, Mount Dickerman offers the fairest vantage along the Mountain Loop. You’ll huff and puff through 4,000 feet of elevation on your way to the summit; in return, you’ll get a superb panorama of nearly every peak in the Mountain Loop. In late summer, it also rewards the intrepid with a bounty of mountain blueberries.
 
 
Heather Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1034 ft.
Highest Point: 2430.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.97
(134 votes)
After you've explored a few trails with your little one, the Heather Lake trail makes a wonderful next step. It's the perfect place to take children on their first ‘real’ hike. The trail is short, but steep and challenging--it'll give a child a real sense of accomplishment once they reach the lake. The lake itself is a scenic little lake located on the northeastern slope of Mount Pilchuck.
 
 
Green Mountain

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.29
(31 votes)
In a state with so many places offering a day's walk to big, peaky views, Green Mountain still makes the short-list of Washington's all-time finest hikes. From woods to meadows to panoramic views and even a historic lookout, it just doesn't get much better than this.
 
 
Squire Creek Pass via Eight-mile Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2350 ft.
Highest Point: 4107.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Cascading waterfalls from the numerous streams and the frequent tarns located along the way make this an enjoyable hike. Mountain goats are known to frequent the area. During the late summer, ripe huckleberries can be found at the pass. But it comes at a cost -- a steep scramble on an unmaintained trail.
 
 
Boulder River

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 1550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(120 votes)
The Boulder River trail is a nice hike that can be done any time of year. Come in winter while the rain is dripping off the mossy trees, photograph the waterfalls filled with spring snowmelt. Take the kids out for a little picnic in the summer, or leaf collecting in the fall. Come anytime midweek for quiet contemplation.
 
 
Beaver Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.36
(14 votes)
Discover this quiet ramble along the wild Sauk River as you follow the site of an old railroad grade. The trail will take you over a sturdy bridge across small Beaver Lake. End your hike at a scenic spot by the river and eat lunch with views of surrounding peaks. This is an especially good hike in the winter and early spring when the leaves are off the trees.
 
 
Cutthroat Lakes via Walt Bailey Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
Great views await you at the summit of Bald Mountain or Cutthroat Lakes if you can stand the rough, rocky, and rooty trail that you must brave to get there. Fortunately, lots of lakes and berries keep you busy along the way, and the ever-changing surroundings on this CCC-built, WTA-maintained trail make for a great day hike along the popular Mountain Loop Highway.
 
 
Suiattle River Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
The trail winds its way above the Suiattle River through old-growth forest and some mature forest recovering from an old burn from the 1920’s. The vegetation in the upper Suiattle watershed includes a wonderful mixture of west-of-the-crest/east-fo-the-crest species.
 
 
Old Government

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.40
(5 votes)
 
This is a pleasant, short, lowland forest walk, accessed in Barlow Pass, the popular jumping-off point for locations like Monte Cristo and Gothic Basin.
 
 
Marten Creek

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.90
(10 votes)
Follow an old mining route through quiet forest near Darrington. This trail hasn't seen much maintenance in recent years, so it may require some route-finding experience to visit.
 
 
Mount Higgins

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4700 ft.
Highest Point: 4849.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.90
(10 votes)
 
A summit outside of Darrington without an official trail system.
 
 
Iron Mountain Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
 
This route is largely on private property and closed to the public.
 
 
Lime Kiln Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 625 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.61
(79 votes)
Here's an unusual hike through a very mossy forest and along a narrow river canyon, past sites that were important in local history. A railroad once ran along the canyon, passing through small communities. Logging was done in the area, and lime once was produced from limestone here, in a kiln that still stands. The railroad and communities are gone now, and much has disappeared over the past eighty years. But a few artifacts still remain and can be seen near the trail.
 
 
Forks of Canyon Creek

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
 
Road Closed: The 41 Road is closed here, necessitating a 4-mile road walk to access this trailhead
A primitive, difficult to navigate trail switchbacking downhill to the confluence of the forks of Canyon Creek, hence the name. Now situated behind the road closure on the Road 41 system, this trailhead is inaccessible by car.
 
 
Mine Road Trail

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
A nice afternoon hike near Darrington up an abandoned road to an old mine.
 
 
Old Robe Canyon

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 350 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(38 votes)
Short, easy trail to the Stillaguamish River and the site of the railroad town of Robe and great views of the Stilliguamish River as it races by. The trail switchbacks through a forest of alder down to a forest of big leaf maple draped with lush mosses, liverwort and licorice fern. The forest floor is thick with fern and colorful salmonberry. Watch the kids! The Stilliguamish runs swift and deep here, especially during periods of high water flow. It is not recommended to continue on to the old railroad tunnels due to trail washout, slope slump and rockfall.
 
 
Segelsen Ridge Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4516.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
Road Washout: A washout on FR 18 has rendered this trailhead inaccessible via car
Those new to snowshoeing will appreciate the easy access and groomed trails found at Segelsen Creek Sno-Park, along with the mountain views and options for extended exploration.
 
 
North Mountain Lookout

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 3956.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
North Mountain is home to a network of mountain bike trails which can be accessed at many points along the North Mountain road, but the lookout tower is a destination in itself.
 
 
Sloan Peak

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7835.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
This route on the north side of Sloan Peak is steep and challenging. Hikers with navigational skills can make it to the base of the peak -- climbing gear and expertise is needed to achieve the summit.
 
 
Explorer Falls

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.36
(14 votes)
 
Explorer Falls is in the watershed for the City of Everett.
 
 
Downey Creek

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
13.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1280 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(8 votes)
This trail provides access to Bachelor Creek Trail, Bachelor Meadows, Cub Lake and the Dome Peak area.
 
 
Ashland Lakes

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.64
(25 votes)
Hike a trail built mostly of boardwalk planking through peaty bogs beside three quiet little lakes. Established campsites with fire pits, benches and tent platforms await a weekend of camping with the kids. This trail also makes a pleasant weekday hike for those with creaky knees, as it is not difficult. As you hike, enjoy the many plants and animals that make the lowland bog environment home.
 
 
Sulphur Mountain

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4200 ft.
Highest Point: 6000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
This trail has a brutal elevation gain in a short time, but the views from the peak of Sulphur Mountain are worth the climb.
 
 
Goat Lake

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 3161.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.21
(117 votes)
A nice hike with plenty of variety. Beautiful forest, a rushing creek, waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, history, and of course a large blue-green lake surrounded by snowy peaks. At 10.4 miles, it can be either a day-hike or a quick early season overnight. You won’t be alone, though – this is a popular trail with both hikers and backpackers.
 
 
Milk Creek - Suiattle River Loop

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
34.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Due to a missing bridge this hike requires a potentially dangerous ford of the Suiattle River. Because of its inaccessibility and a lack of maintenance expect a brushy trail with blowdowns beyond this point.
The Milk Creek trail used to offer a gorgeous tour of the Glacier Peak wilderness via a 34.7-mile backpacking loop. Hikers followed the Milk Creek trail to the Pacific Crest Trail, then down to the Suiattle River Trail. Along the way it offered stunning close-up views of Glacier Peak, endless wildflower meadows and ample opportunities for solitude. Unfortunately, it now requires a potentially dangerous ford of the Suiattle River due to a missing bridge. Because of its inaccessibility and a lack of maintenance, expect a brushy trail with blowdowns beyond this point.
 
 
Milk Creek

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 3900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Due to a missing bridge this hike requires a potentially dangerous ford of the Suiattle River. Because of its inaccessibility and a lack of maintenance expect a brushy trail with blowdowns beyond this point.
This hike requires a potentially dangerous ford of the Suiattle River due to a missing bridge. Because of its inaccessibility and a lack of maintenance, expect a brushy trail with blowdowns beyond this point.
 
 
Lost Creek Ridge

North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

 
14.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.57
(7 votes)
A rugged trail that offers stunning views and access to several beautiful backcountry lakes.