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Results List

147 Hikes
South Fork Cascade River

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
A hidden gem revealed! The South Fork Cascade Trail was in the Mineral Park Fire of 2003, but recent efforts by WTA crews and other volunteer organizations have helped reopen a section of it, and continue to repair it.
 
 
Happy Creek Nature Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 570 ft.
Highest Point: 2780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(6 votes)
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.
 
 
Diablo Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.19
(31 votes)
Diablo Overlook will be closed on June 14 to provide a safe staging area for operations
Follow the Diablo Lake Trail up and across talus slopes on the flanks of Sourdough Mountain to impressive cascading waterfalls and stunning views of Ross Lake and Colonial, Pyramid, Davis Peaks, as well as Jack Mountain.
 
 
East Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
A rarely-maintained trail with a bridge missing in the first few dozen feet of trail, this is a challenging outing that is best tackled late in the summer when water levels are low.
 
 
Hidden Lake Lookout

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.59
(59 votes)
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.
 
 
Heather - Maple Pass Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.81
(111 votes)
If ever there was a hike to satisfy all a hiker's desires, this one comes as close as any. A loop hike with many fabulous changing faces throughout the seasons, Heather-Maple Pass features ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, lakes ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 
Cutthroat Pass via the Pacific Crest Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.85
(20 votes)
Cutthroat Pass is a stunner no matter which way you access it. This way, you'll enjoy a wider, more well-maintained trail, and you're more likely to share it with Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers.
 
 
Pyramid Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.58
(12 votes)
This is a nice, quiet little forest hike, where the journey is half the destination. The lake is pond sized, and surrounded by large boulders. It is pretty in its own way, a still lake with nice reflections, yellow waterlilies and silvered logs floating on the surface. The clumps of grasses and moss growing on the floating logs create a mini ecosystem to observe up close.
 
 
East Bank Baker Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.74
(19 votes)
This hike along Baker Lake is a busy, popular trail in summer. It is a nice off season walk though, and is perfect on a crisp, clear winter day. With the leaves off the trees, views that aren't possible in summer emerge; the surrounding peaks and the mossy green silhouettes of the leafless maple trees cover the hillside. A bonus any time of year are the many creeks, quaint bridges, large old-growth trees and of course, Mount Baker as the main attraction.
 
 
Marblemount Boat Launch Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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.
 
 
Big Beaver Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
24.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
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.
 
 
Linking Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This short trail connects the River Loop and The Trail of Cedars in the Newhalem Campground. If you are staying in the campground, this is a great alternative to walking the hot gravel campground road.
 
 
Sauk Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.43
(53 votes)
A popular trail with great views of the Sauk and Skagit river valleys, Cascade mountain peaks, and on a good clear day, the Olympics and San Juan Islands. There will also be plenty of wildflowers to please photographers and hiking plant nerds alike.
 
 
Pressentin Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 327.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Park Closed 5.18.21: Pressentin Park will be closed until September 30 2021 due to construction.
This county park consists of 40 acres of old homestead land in Marblemount. The park is for day use only and includes a picnic shelter, fishing and hiking trails.
 
 
Thornton Lakes and Trappers Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(25 votes)
Incredible views and beautiful alpine lakes are your reward if you can ascend this steep trail in the North Cascades. At the top, you can choose between taking in sweeping panoramic views of North Cascades National Park and the Pickets Range, or relaxing near the lowest of the Thornton Lakes, both of which make a rewarding destination.
 
 
Driveway Butte

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3030 ft.
Highest Point: 5982.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(10 votes)
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.
 
 
Stiletto Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3650 ft.
Highest Point: 7660.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
Starting in a forested creek valley, climb through alpine forest, meadows, and rocks to expansive vistas at the Stiletto Lookout site. Your destination is visible from the trailhead, on the end of the ridge to the southeast.
 
 
Jack Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 9066.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to Jack Mountain is a Class 5 and above and involves exposed climbing. Gear and experience are recommended.
 
 
Rainy Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 70 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
This one mile long wheelchair-accessible trail takes you to a beautiful alpine lake.
 
 
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
70.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 13649 ft.
Highest Point: 7100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This last leg of the Pacific Crest Trail (or first depending on whether you're north- or southbound) offers breathtaking views as it passes along the eastern edge of the North Cascades and into the Pasayten Wilderness. Make sure to bring your passport to complete your journey in Manning Provincial Park!
 
 
Lone Fir Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
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.
 
 
Little Jack Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
13.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3935 ft.
Highest Point: 5896.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
 
This summit off of Highway 20 offers gorgeous views of the craggy North Cascades and a great workout.
 
 
Hock Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 7750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Hike a valley trail through old growth forest to the base of a peak, then an off trail class 2 scramble to the summit.
 
 
Copper Pass via Copper Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2710 ft.
Highest Point: 6720.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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.
 
 
Ruby Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1230 ft.
Highest Point: 1935.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.50
(4 votes)
Ruby Creek is a short, mellow river ramble that is often traveled as a part of the longer Devils Dome Loop.
 
 
Willow Lake Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
23.5 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 2880.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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.
 
 
Big Snagtooth

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 8330.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
A mountain in the North Cascades. Climbing gear and route-finding expertise required to summit.
 
 
Rainbow-McAlester Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6650 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Sample the best the North Cascades has to offer—subalpine lakes, forested valleys and rugged mountain passes—on this multiday trek.
 
 
Silver Star Mountain (Okanogan)

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8876.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
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.
 
 
East Bank Ross Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
You'll enjoy moderate elevation gain and fabulous views on this lakeside trail that stretches more than 30 miles north -- nearly to Canada.