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Little Jack Mountain

North Cascades


North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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13.6 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 3935 ft.
Highest Point: 5896 ft.


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This summit off of Highway 20 offers gorgeous views of the craggy North Cascades and a great workout.

From the East Bank Trailhead head down the trail to a crossing of Ruby Creek. Popular in the gold rush, it is still possible to see a few signs of gold mining activities today. Interpretive plaques are near the bridge, and some sites are still visible.

Cross Ruby Creek on a bridge, and come to a junction with the Canyon Creek Trail. Here, stay left to stay on the East Bank Trail. 2.8 miles from the trailhead there is another junction. A short spur trail heads west here to Ross Lake and campsites, while the steep Little Jack Mountain Trail heads northeast. 

Hop on the trail up Little Jack Mountain and start switchbacking steadily. It's a long, 4-mile, unrelenting ascent, but as you climb, views improve and you're rewarded at the top with a really stunning panorama. 


Little Jack Mountain

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.7055, -120.9608 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

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Getting There

From the south, drive on Highway 20 (North Cascades Highway) to milepost 138. The trailhead is accessible also via Ross Lake Resort's water-taxi, which will drop you off at various point along the trail.


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