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3891 Hikes
Fisher Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6560.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Following a meandering path along a valley floor and then steeply up to a broad pass, the Fisher Creek Trail is part of a 14 mile traverse of breathtaking high mountain scenery through the eastern side of the North Cascades National Park.
 
 
Driveway Butte

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3030 ft.
Highest Point: 5982.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.55
(11 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Spring, summer, and fall all beckon hikers up the slopes of Delancy Ridge toward Driveway Butte, attracted by the views, seasonal flowers, or just a hard workout. The trail tells the tale to two forests, a mature pine forest in the first half and a forest recovering from fire in the second.
 
 
Easy Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.95
(19 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
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.
 
 
East Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
A rarely-maintained trail with a bridge missing in the first few dozen feet of trail, this is a challenging outing that is best tackled late in the summer when water levels are low.
 
 
Eldorado Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6716 ft.
Highest Point: 8876.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Hike along a knife's edge to Eldorado Peak. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 
Desolation Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6102.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Trek a dry, strenuous trail to a famous fire lookout. Jack Kerouac stayed here as a lookout and used the experience to inspire Desolation Angels and Dharma Bums. The historic lookout is no longer accessible to the public, but you can still trek to the location and appreciate the view.
 
 
Devils Dome Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
43.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 6980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(10 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
The views and beauty on this high come at a steep price. Literally. But those who can soldier through some brutal elevation gain are rewarded by expansive views of breathtaking peaks, and masses of wildflowers on a hike that borders two of Washington's most gorgeous wilderness areas.
 
 
Diablo Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1950.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.21
(34 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
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.
 
 
Cow Heaven

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4040 ft.
Highest Point: 4460.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
With a trailhead accessible year round, Cow Heaven and views of the Skagit and Sauk River Valleys along with the majestic North Cascades are a promising paradise despite the challenge of a zigzag ascent spent mostly within the shelter of the forest.
 
 
Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
This pleasant trail offers an almost level walk to a grassy forested lake set in the rocky basin beneath Cutthroat Peak. This is an easy hike in an area of rugged, steep country and one of the few that are suitable for small children. It is an especially pretty hike in the fall when the larch are turning golden.
 
 
Cutthroat Pass via Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Take this gentle trail to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by rocky cliffs before heading up some steeper switchbacks to a pass and junction with the iconic Pacific Crest Trail.
 
 
Cascade Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1800 ft.
Highest Point: 5392.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(32 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
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.
 
 
Chancellor

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Climb most of the way up Center Mountain along this trail as you enter the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
Cedar Falls Snowshoe

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1350 ft.
Highest Point: 3570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
The more strenuous winter version of this easy summer hike leads to the overlook of Cedar Falls. In winter, the falls are a snow-topped mound of ice with a flowing creek base.
 
 
Cedar Falls

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(8 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
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.
 
 
Bridge Creek - McAlester Pass to Stehekin

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
38.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Wildlife is often difficult to spot in the North Cascades, but McAlester Pass is an exception to this. Take a multi-day backpack from Highway 20 into the tiny town of Stehekin, where you can rest easy and gorge yourself on treats from the renowned bakery before making the multiple mile trek out.
 
 
Big Beaver Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
24.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.44
(9 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
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.
 
 
Blue Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 6254.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(66 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
At 6254 feet, Blue Lake sits quietly a little over two trail miles from Highway 20. With towering granite peaks, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and of course the beautiful mountain lake surrounded by granite that reaches for the sky, this short hike is easily a classic and should be on your must-hike list. With only 1050 feet of elevation gain this hike is doable for almost everyone. If you’re driving over Highway 20 and don’t have all day, stop for this mountain gem.
 
 
East Bank Baker Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.70
(20 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
This hike along Baker Lake is a busy, popular trail in summer. It is a nice off season walk though, and is perfect on a crisp, clear winter day. With the leaves off the trees, views that aren't possible in summer emerge; the surrounding peaks and the mossy green silhouettes of the leafless maple trees cover the hillside. A bonus any time of year are the many creeks, quaint bridges, large old-growth trees and of course, Mount Baker as the main attraction.
 
 
Anderson Butte

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 5380.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.56
(9 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Short but steep, this trail delivers excellent views of Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, and Anderson Butte. Similar views can be had from the road to the trailhead, but taking this hike offers solitude--even a hiker’s high--from climbing steeply away from the road and into the mountains.
 
 
Boulder Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
24.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
High ridge traverse from Gold Hill Mine to North American Mine, connects East Creek to Canyon Creek.
 
 
Mudhole Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
With an ominous name like Mudhole Lake, it would be easy to set low expectations for this destination. Don’t be fooled though. This infrequently-visited route provides a steep ascent on good trail with expansive views and good berries in season. After just a couple of miles, a hidden pond, nestled in among larches in a high mountain cirque, will be all yours.
 
 
Sourdough Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Whether you’re in the area or just driving through, Diablo Lake is always a good spot to stop and take in the North Cascades. If you want to extend your stop into a hike, check out the Sourdough Creek Trail. This short and moderate trail traverses through lush, mossy forest and leads you up to the Sourdough Creek waterfalls. With wildlife, mountain and lake views and plenty of rest stops, this trail is perfect for all ages.
 
 
Pierce Mountain Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 5965.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Pierce Mountain Trail is a gentle trail up Sourdough Mountain from the Big Beaver trail.
 
 
Oakes Peak Snowshoe

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 4400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
If you are looking for a walk through deep snow in the winter that will take you into the North Cascades, Oakes Peak is the snowshoe trip for you. Walk along a Forest Service road toward the National Park boundary or up toward Oakes Peak.
 
 
Rocky Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
This old trail is no longer maintained by the Forest Service, and there's hardly any parking available at the trailhead, but if it's a quiet day, you might enjoy big old-growth on this little used trail.
 
 
To Know a Tree

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
The short hike follows the river around the Newhaken Creek Campground on a mostly level trail. The signs along the way denote the common trees and plants of the lush understory and tall trees surrounding the trail.
 
 
Forbidden Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 8815.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
Forbidden Peak is one of Washington's 100 steepest peaks. The route to Forbidden Peak is a Class 5 and involves exposed climbing. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 
Austera Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 8334.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
The route to Austera Peak involves exposed climbing and glacier travel. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 
Primus Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
19.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 7300 ft.
Highest Point: 8508.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed west of Winthrop between milepost 165 and 185 while crews fight active wildfires in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
The route to Primus Peak involves exposed climbing and glacier travel. Gear and experience recommended.