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151 Hikes

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(23 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
A pale green creek, big old trees, a variety of understory, and peek-a-boo views of snow-capped peaks. Day-hikers should take it easy, as the joy here is in the journey not the destination. Backpackers, however, may disagree. Families and first-time backpackers will enjoy beautiful camps just two miles from the trailhead. Experienced backpackers will note that Thunder Creek is a gateway to an extensive network of trails.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6650 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.83
(130 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
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.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 7570 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.47
(70 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
In Sahale Arm, the forces of nature have conspired to create an improbably gentle, gorgeous landscape. A scenic trail ambles peacefully through rolling alpine meadows blanketing the broad shoulder of Sahale Mountain. This park-like setting is made all the more spectacular by contrast with the dramatic mountainous terrain that stretches off in every direction near and far. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful hikes in all of Washington.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5392 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.26
(38 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

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 6500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(23 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Fall foliage
  • Ridges/passes
Don’t be fooled by the name – the way to Easy Pass is anything but easy. But the reward for your efforts is an eastside gateway into the stunning North Cascades National Park. At the pass, you’re greeted by trickling streams of snowmelt and views of the peaks of Golden Horn and Mount Henry to the east. Venturing further west, gaze into the Park, with awe-inspiring glacially carved river valleys, dark gray craggy massifs of Fisher Peak and Mount Logan dotted with snowfields or cloaked by glaciers, and a host of wildflowers.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2100 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.71
(7 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
You’ve done Sauk Mountain and marveled at the fabulous views, now hike down to the delightful little lake you see from the top! The trail is a bit rough and overgrown, but the lake is a quiet alternative to the busy trail above.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1950 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(39 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
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.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.15
(20 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Waterfalls
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage
The trail to Lake Ann is a wonderful, short way to see the impressive glaciated valley encircled by the popular Heather - Maple Pass Loop. Lake Ann features views of ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, a lake ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.42
(57 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
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.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
A climb to a peak on the North Cascades Highway. Climbing gear and experience as well as route finding knowledge required.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 68 ft.
Highest Point: 641 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers
This short and sweet trail starts 0.3 miles east on the service road past Newhalem Creek Campground loops C & D, just past the steel-grated Newhalem Creek Bridge.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10000 ft.
Highest Point: 8151 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
The route to the Picket Range is a Class 3 and involves exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9800 ft.
Highest Point: 8000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
The route to West McMillan Spire is a strenuous Class 3 and involved exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 515 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Established campsites
  • Rivers
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.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
37.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8400 ft.
Highest Point: 9200 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
The route to Goode Mountain is a Class 5 and involves exposed climbing. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
36.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8009 ft.
Highest Point: 8285 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage
  • Rivers
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 8129 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes
Crooked Thumb Peak is located in the Picket Range of the North Cascades National Park and can be reached via the Big Beaver Trailhead.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 8207 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 8236 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 4900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Old growth
  • Fall foliage
Connect between the Stehekin River and Rainy Pass on this section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Views of peaks in every direction capture the hiker's attention as you walk through the beautiful North Cascades.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 305 ft.
Highest Point: 1620 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
  • Mountain views
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
An informative 0.9 mile loop hike through the forest.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 8485 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Summits
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
This forested trail in the North Cascades National Park Complex leads down to Ross Lake and the network of trails in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Look out over both Ross Lake and Ross Dam before making your way down to Ross Dam itself
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
55.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9800 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Rivers
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
A 4-5 day backpack up the tumbling, boisterous, river-like Thunder Creek from the Colonial Creek Campground to just beyond its headwaters at Park Creek Pass. Backpackers can turn around at Park Creek Pass (45.6 miles) or do a traverse to Cascade Pass (41.8 miles).
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 118 ft.
Highest Point: 597 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
This is a lovely little trail tucked behind the North Cascades Visitor Center outside of Newhalem. Learn about the area by exploring inside the Visitor Center, and then see some of the natural wonders for yourself by wandering down the River Loop Trail to the Skagit River.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
17.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6300 ft.
Highest Point: 7408 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
Ruby Mountain is a 7408-foot peak in the center of the North Cascades. It has one of the best panoramic views of the lakes, snow-capped peaks and glaciers of the North Cascades National Park.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
A popular climbing route in the North Cascades. Proper gear and expertise is required.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
33.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Rainbow Creek trail provides day-hike diversions to visitors to the Stehekin Valley, but you'll need more than a few hours to truly appreciate the full length of the trail.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Providing access to Bowan Pass, the Rainbow Lake Trail also allows hikers access to deep blue Rainbow Lake. Used mostly by backpackers, the trail lies deep within a network of other access trails.
 
 

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(15 votes)
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Wildlife
  • Lakes
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.