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700 Hikes

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 > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
30.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(2 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4700 ft.
Highest Point: 4849 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.90
(10 votes)
A summit outside of Darrington without an official trail system. The approach is on private property. Hikers are requested to respect this and stay on the road if you elect to visit it.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
Enjoy beautiful views, quiet forest and wildlife activity on this peaceful trail, perfect in spring or on a crisp and clear day in winter.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2840 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.55
(103 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Rivers
  • Lakes
  • Waterfalls

Mountain Loop Highway is closed from Deer Creek (milepost 24) to Bedal Creek (milepost 36) for the winter.

Rough and tumble is the trail, just like the miners that constructed this path. Though not always easy, the ascent to Gothic Basin, has tremendous rewards. Early on, one simply meanders along side the relentless South Fork of the Sauk. Quickly though this trail will turn to a no-nonsense bee-line to the basin with waterfalls, flowers, and views of the surrounding mountains to keep one distracted. The ultimate rewards come to those who have enough strength to explore the basin after the ascent.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 4700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(4 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6120 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes

Mountain Loop Highway is closed from Deer Creek (milepost 24) to Bedal Creek (milepost 36) for the winter.

Scramble to the top of this peak from Headlee Pass, located off the Mountain Loop Highway.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
This is a nice little leg stretcher just off the North Cascades Highway. Especially good in winter, when the highway is closed, and the eagles are feeding along the Skagit River.
 
 

North Cascades > Pasayten

 
31.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6700 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 5327 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.56
(191 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits

The road to the trailhead is closed past Heather Lake for the season.

Despite its intermediate difficulty, hikers flock to Mount Pilchuck for its historic restored fire lookout with grand panoramic views of Mount Baker, Mount Rainier and the Olympics.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.46
(28 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Dogs allowed on leash
The wide-open trail to Hannegan Pass and Hannegan Peak offers spectacular mountain views, glorious alpine wildflowers, waterfalls and glaciers. Choose to hike to 5050 foot Hannegan Pass (about 8 miles roundtrip) or press on to the 6200 foot summit of Hannegan Peak -- 10.6 miles roundtrip.
 
 

North Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4516 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
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 Cascades > Mountain Loop Highway

 
31.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes

Trail closed: The Suiattle River Trail is closed due to damage from the Downey Creek Fire

Hike along a Wild and Scenic river, up a rugged ridge, and to a mirror-like iconic lake in Glacier Peak wilderness. This is a long hike, best done as a backpack, but it's absolutely worth the days you invest to explore here.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

An easy, short loop hike out of the Lone Fir campground. The first bit is paved before giving way to a dirt trail that follows Early Winters Creek. After a creek crossing (log bridge) it loops back to the campground.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8876 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

Silver Star mountain provides a rewarding hiking and climbing opportunity right off Highway 20. Its majestic barren rocky spires that raise out of the forested slopes seem beyond reach but in fact the summit block requires a bit of exposed scrambling, after a long hike and a glacier traverse.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3030 ft.
Highest Point: 5982 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.58
(12 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Established campsites

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

Spring, summer, and fall all beckon hikers up the slopes of Delancy Ridge toward Driveway Butte, attracted by the views, seasonal flowers, or just a hard workout. The trail tells the tale to two forests, a mature pine forest in the first half and a forest recovering from fire in the second.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(19 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

This pleasant trail offers an almost level walk to a grassy forested lake set in the rocky basin beneath Cutthroat Peak. This is an easy hike in an area of rugged, steep country and one of the few that are suitable for small children. It is an especially pretty hike in the fall when the larch are turning golden.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(12 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

Take this gentle trail to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by rocky cliffs before heading up some steeper switchbacks to a pass and junction with the iconic Pacific Crest Trail.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 3570 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

The more strenuous winter version of this easy summer hike leads to the overlook of Cedar Falls. In winter, the falls are a snow-topped mound of ice with a flowing creek base.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 3500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(8 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

Make a short and gradual climb through fields of flowers to a quaint two-tier waterfall. This easy early-season hike is most impressive after spring snowmelt when the creek and falls are swollen with turbulent water.
 
 

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth

 
1.65 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

Beaver Loop is a pleasant, level outing which is easy to follow and and has many distractions for younger hikers. There is ample opportunity for wildlife and best of all it is close to town.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

"Loop Trail" may be a misnomer but this "Creekside" trail delivers. Even on the hottest Eastern Washington days, this trail delivers cool comfort.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 4250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(2 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

A quiet snowshoe trip to views of Silver Star Mountain awaits the mid-week traveler in late fall and early spring. This road walk parallels the Early Winters Trail, the old route from Mazama to Washington Pass.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 8330 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

A mountain in the North Cascades. Climbing gear and route-finding expertise required to summit.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 7560 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

The route to Concord Tower is a Class 5+ and involved exposed climbing. Gear and experience are recommended.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7995 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

A peak scramble on the southern end of Kangaroo Ridge. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 61 ft.
Highest Point: 5581 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Ridges/passes

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

This trail is a narrow, paved trail to a lookout on a ledge overlooking Liberty Bell Mountain. This area is worth the trip from the west side, because of spectacular views, and the myriad hiking trails in the area.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 6254 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.39
(72 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

At 6254 feet, Blue Lake sits quietly a little over two trail miles from Highway 20. With towering granite peaks, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and of course the beautiful mountain lake surrounded by granite that reaches for the sky, this short hike is easily a classic and should be on your must-hike list. With only 1050 feet of elevation gain this hike is doable for almost everyone. If you’re driving over Highway 20 and don’t have all day, stop for this mountain gem.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 7750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Summits
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

Hike a valley trail through old growth forest to the base of a peak, then an off trail class 2 scramble to the summit.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2710 ft.
Highest Point: 6720 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage

Highway 20 is closed from Ross Dam trailhead (milepost 134) to Early Winters (milepost 178) for the season.

Start with a pleasant walk along Bridge & Slate Creeks and then earn your way to the high country with a climb up to the miles of sloping meadows, flowered in July. Finish with a steep climb through the heather to larch fringed Copper Pass with its views to the east/west with scrambles to the north/south.