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Sloan Peak

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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9.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7835 ft.


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This route on the north side of Sloan Peak is steep and challenging. Hikers with navigational skills can make it to the base of the peak -- climbing gear and expertise is needed to achieve the summit.

Hike the trail (an old road) 0.5 miles in a floodplain to the North Fork Sauk River at 1,900 feet. The trail requires a ford here but this can be dangerous and should only be attempted at low water, normally in late summer and early fall.

Once across the river, climb steeply through forest, entering the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness in about a mile. Two miles past the ford, cross Cougar Creek near a large falls. Crossing here can also be difficult during times of heavy snowmelt.

From Cougar Creek, the trail meets an avalanche path where the ensuing route has been obliterated, creating difficult cross-country travel but impressive views. Beyond the slide area, it is possible to ascend into meadows at the base of Sloan Peak with good views. This is the turn-around point for hikers.


Sloan Peak

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0863, -121.3084 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Sloan Peak (#648)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Sloan Peak No. 111

Getting There

From Darrington, drive south on the Mountain Loop Highway (SR 503) for 16.3 miles. Turn east (right) on Sloan Creek Road (Road 49). Continue 4.5 miles to the trailhead on your right.

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