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Cedar Falls

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

3.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 3500 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

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.

As you start up the Cedar Creek Trail you may notice that the trees are more sparse on the east side of the Cascades, so more sun hits the forest floor, allowing bouquets of broadleaf lupine, yellow arnica and red paintbrush to proliferate.

This also attracts a variety of butterflies. It's not uncommon to spot wildlife along this trail as well, especially in the meadows, where you might find black-tailed deer.

As you gradually ascend toward the falls, take time to look behind you to the north, for glimpses of Goat Peak towering high above the town of Mazama. With binoculars, or good peepers, you may be able to see the fire lookout on the peak.

Depending on the season and snowmelt, the waterfall may be gushing or just pleasantly streaming. Sit and stay a while for lunch or a snack while you enjoy the falls. Use caution when exploring the falls, as there are some steep drop-offs near the edges. When ready, return by the same route.

 

Cedar Falls

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5792, -120.4787 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Cedar Creek (#476)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50 map

Getting There

From Burlington, drive 115 miles east on Highway 20. From Winthrop, it's 17 miles west on Highway 20. A sign points the way to the trailhead -- turn south on FR 200 and proceed 0.8 miles to the trailhead.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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