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3903 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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
Easy Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(20 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
East Creek is an unmaintained trail with lots of potential. At it's full length this old forgotten trail extends nearly 15 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail. It makes for a great out and back with lots of solitude.
 
 
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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:
3.64
(11 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Climb most of the way up Center Mountain along this trail as you enter the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
Blue Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 6254.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.37
(70 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
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)
 
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
High ridge traverse from Gold Hill Mine to North American Mine, connects East Creek to Canyon Creek.
 
 
Concord Tower

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 7560.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
The route to Concord Tower is a Class 5+ and involved exposed climbing. Gear and experience are recommended.
 
 
Wing Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
A challenging offshoot trail from the Heather Maple Pass loop that traverses a large talus field to arrive at two stunning alpine lakes.
 
 
Wallaby Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 7995.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
A peak scramble on the southern end of Kangaroo Ridge. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 
Washington Pass Overlook

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 61 ft.
Highest Point: 5581.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Wheelchair accessible, this trail is paved to a lookout on a ledge overlooking Liberty Bell Mountain. This area is worth the trip from the west side, because of spectacular views, and the myriad hiking trails in the area.
 
 
Fourth of July Pass via Panther Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 3500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Panther Creek is a small gem in a setting of big gems. The North Cascades boasts some of the biggest, finest views in the country, and quiet, contemplative hikes like Panther Creek can get lost in the mix. Nevertheless, it’s well worth hikers’ time to venture into these forests and meadows to ascend Fourth of July Pass.
 
 
Soos Creek Trail

Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(9 votes)
Explore a part of the King County trail system in Kent.
 
 
Melton Creek Trail

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
9.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Walk through an old burn with views of the Wallowas and the Blue Mountains.
 
 
Wenatchee Guard Station

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
5.8 miles, one-way
Gain: 1435 ft.
Highest Point: 5480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
Enjoy fantastic views of the Blue Mountains from this cozy retreat on the edge of the Umatilla National Forest.
 
 
Panjab Trail

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
5.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Wildflowers, wildlife, and great views of Eastern Washington’s wild Blue Mountains: the Panjab Loop Trail offers it all.
 
 
Mount Misery Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
48.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6387.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
From mountain peak to Wild and Scenic River, this long loop takes in a range of terrain, wildlife and views.
 
 
Slick Ear

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
4.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 2540 ft.
Highest Point: 5189.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Delve deep into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness via the shortest access to the upper Wenaha River from the Washington side.
 
 
East Butte Creek

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This trail begins at the easily accessible Teepee trailhead and connects to multiple trails within the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness, making it possible to hike as an out-and-back or create longer routes.
 
 
Sawtooth Ridge

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
This flower-lined trail with big views will make you wonder if the Blue Mountains earned their name from the carpets of larkspur along the route.
 
 
Rattlesnake Trail

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 5700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Located deep in the Wenaha-Tucannon wilderness, the Rattlesnake Trail promises wildflowers, expansive views, and even solitude. It's possible to do an out-and-back hike to Indian Corral, but many opt to do the loop with the Panjab Loop.
 
 
Oregon Butte

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 987 ft.
Highest Point: 6387.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.14
(7 votes)
The most prominent peak in the Blue mountains, the views from the trailhead are great, and just get better as hikers approach the Oregon Butte Lookout as the full expanse of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness unfolds before them in a 360 degree radius.
 
 
Mount Misery

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 6401.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Despite the name, Mount Misery trail offers a delightful hike to the Oregon Butte Lookout, situated on a hilltop in the remote Blue Mountains.
 
 
Dexter Ridge

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
5.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 2547 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This unmaintained trail follows Dexter Ridge south across the Washington-Oregon border and down to the Wenaha River.
 
 
Middle Tie Trail

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
1.6 miles, one-way
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Start out from the Touchet Corral Sno-park in the Umatilla National Forest. The first section is on singletrack trail, but the way quickly transitions to an old roadbed and stays like this until it ends at the intersection with Kendall Skyline Road.
 
 
Grizzly Bear Ridge - Wenaha River - Slick Ear Loop

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Explore from ridgelines to river in a remote corner of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.