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3944 Hikes

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1230 ft.
Highest Point: 1935 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(5 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
Ruby Creek is a short, mellow river ramble that is often traveled as a part of the longer Devils Dome Loop.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Follow a fisherman's trail to a crystalline blue lake in the North Cascades. This is a bushwhack, so you will need route-finding experience and a map and compass, and you'll need to know how to use them.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
23.5 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 2880 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Established campsites
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.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6650 ft.
Highest Point: 6300 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
Sample the best the North Cascades has to offer—subalpine lakes, forested valleys and rugged mountain passes—on this multiday trek.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.53 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 70 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(2 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
34.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8600 ft.
Highest Point: 6260 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(14 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
Experience the variety offered by the North Cascades: high mountain ridges with spectacular views, a remote river valley, and even a self-propelled cable car river crossing. Popular side trips include Hannegan Peak and Whatcom Pass.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
 
 

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
11.4 miles, one-way
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 2400 ft.
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Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Once upon a time, the road in Stehekin extended all the way to Cottonwood Camp, more than ten miles further into the lush green valley. But strong river activity due to snowmelt and rain events washed the road out frequently, and for one final time in 2003. Now it's accessible by foot only, and many of the trails found along this route are some of your best chance for solitude in the state.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 515 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
The Sterling Munro Boardwalk an accessible trail in North Cascades National Park. Located behind the North Cascades Visitor Center near Newhalem, this short boardwalk extends through thick forest before ending at an expansive view of the distant Picket Range.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.36
(11 votes)
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
You'll enjoy moderate elevation gain and fabulous views on this lakeside trail that stretches more than 30 miles north -- nearly to Canada.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 6280 ft.
Highest Point: 8440 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
The route to Dorado Needle is a Class 3 and involves exposed scrambles and glacier crossings. Gear and experience are recommended.
 
 

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 1200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Waterfalls
Cascading 312 feet from Rainbow Creek high above the Stehekin valley floor, Rainbow Falls is perhaps the most popular natural destination for day visitors to the Stehekin Valley. And now, thanks to efforts from the National Park Service trail crew, a short trail exists here, offering a modest amount of elevation gain for a new vantage point of the waterfall.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
Hike towards the base of Klawatti and Austera Peaks along Newhalem Creek on this unmaintained North Cascades National Park trail. Years of blowdowns and overgrowth make this trail difficult to hike and navigate, but Newhalem Falls and the views of the mountains cannot be beaten. It's a great way to get into the North Cascades in the winter and still avoid the snow.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
14.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 6048 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Summits
A peak scramble in the North Cascades near Ross Lake. Route finding, gear and expertise required.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 359 ft.
Highest Point: 744 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.67
(3 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls
Meander along this path to a loud and misty falls near Newhalem which offer a great respite from heat on hot summer afternoons.
 
 

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 2180 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
Just behind the High Bridge Guard Station at the end of the road in Stehekin, a trail leads to a quiet little lake nestled in lush, vibrant forest. This trail is primarily used by hikers heading to the summit of McGregor Mountain, the most prominent peak towering over the Stehekin Valley, but Howard Lake is a nice destination in and of itself, if you don’t have the time or the desire to tackle the 16 mile roundtrip hike up McGregor.
 
 

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 1315 ft.
Highest Point: 4950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
A spectacular, waterfall-filled cirque near Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm, Horseshoe Basin is just far enough away from both trailheads that access it to warrant making it an overnight trip. But you'll need to be sure to have your backpacking permits should you elect to hike here.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 570 ft.
Highest Point: 2780 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Rivers
  • Good for kids
  • Waterfalls
Hikers can choose from an easy loop partially along Happy Creek, or a longer hike to Happy Creek Falls, site of an old sawmill that supported the mining in the late 1800's.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
An old pack trail reincarnated, Happy-Panther is both one of the oldest and newest trails in the North Cascades National Park Complex.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.66
(70 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Fall foliage
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Waterfalls
The Hidden Lake trail is one of the crown jewels of hiking in Washington State. No other trail offers so much as Hidden Lake Lookout: forest, wildflowers, a true alpine environment of stark granite well above treeline, breathtaking summit views of the heart of North Cascades National Park, and a fire lookout with a sweeping history almost as big as the mountainous landscape it gazes over.
 
 

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Ridges/passes
A fine trail for those willing to climb to get to great views in a remote part of the North Cascades National Park. Best done as a side trip off an overnight trip from Rainy Pass to Stehekin, or something similar.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.31
(13 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers
There are two ways to attain Fourth of July Pass - from Thunder Creek or from Panther Creek. Both offer wonderful opportunities to travel along burbling, blue-green creeks, but access via Thunder Creek is truly stunning. Make it an out-and-back or stash a second car for a traverse.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6560 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
Following a meandering path along a valley floor and then steeply up to a broad pass, the Fisher Creek Trail is part of a 14 mile traverse of breathtaking high mountain scenery through the eastern side of the North Cascades National Park.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6716 ft.
Highest Point: 8876 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.75
(4 votes)
  • Summits
Hike along a knife's edge to Eldorado Peak. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6102 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Ridges/passes
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.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
13.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 6260 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
The Copper Ridge Trail forms part of the popular and iconic Copper Ridge Loop. The trail climbs to a ridge with stunning views before dropping down to the Chilliwack River Valley.
 
 

North Cascades > Mount Baker Area

 
17.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 2365 ft.
Highest Point: 4440 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
The Chilliwack River Trail is an important part of the Copper Ridge Loop and is also part of the traverse between Hannegan Pass and Ross Lake via a connection with the Little Beaver Trail.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5392 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.24
(37 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
At Cascade Pass, the wow factor far exceeds the “ow” factor – perhaps no other trail in the state delivers as much reward for the effort. From the high peaks on either side of the pass, verdant meadows curve down to a saddle that offers sweeping views of nearby valleys, glaciers, mountains, and passing wildlife. Sedately climbing a little less than 1,800 feet in 3.6 miles, it is the perfect hike to show new hikers the extraordinary places their feet can take them.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
38.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
24.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1980 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
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.