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Big Beaver Trail

North Cascades


North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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24.6 miles, one-way


Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1980 ft.


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A backcountry permit is required to camp overnight in North Cascades National Park. Call the Wilderness Information Center at (360) 854-7245 the day of or the day before your trip to obtain a permit

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. Wander for just a handful of miles, or hike its full 24-mile length -- it's an easy, early season backpack or a fun day hike.

The trail is aptly named, since the valley it traverses is beaver habitat. But the still waters that beavers love also means bugs -- come prepared to ward of mosquitos in summertime.

The Big Beaver trail has a junction with the Little Beaver Trail a mile downstream of Stillwell camp. From here, hikers can continue on the Little Beaver Trail for 10 more miles to Ross Lake, or head upstream 6 miles to Whatcom Pass.


Big Beaver Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.7241, -121.0664 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

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