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3891 Hikes
Hock Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 7750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(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
Hike a valley trail through old growth forest to the base of a peak, then an off trail class 2 scramble to the summit.
 
 
Copper Pass via Copper Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2710 ft.
Highest Point: 6720.0 ft.
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0.00
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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
Start with a pleasant walk along Bridge & Slate Creeks and then earn your way to the high country with a climb up to the miles of sloping meadows, flowered in July. Finish with a steep climb through the heather to larch fringed Copper Pass with its views to the east/west with scrambles to the north/south.
 
 
Ruby Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1230 ft.
Highest Point: 1935.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.50
(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
Ruby Creek is a short, mellow river ramble that is often traveled as a part of the longer Devils Dome Loop.
 
 
Trapper Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
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0.00
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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 a fisherman's trail to a crystalline blue lake in the North Cascades. This is a bushwhack, so you will need route-finding experience and a map and compass, and you'll need to know how to use them.
 
 
Willow Lake Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
23.5 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 2880.0 ft.
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0.00
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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 Willow Lake Trail is part of the East Bank Trail in the North Cascades National Park. Willow Lake is a small lake along the route and sits on the north end of Ross Lake.
 
 
Big Snagtooth

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 8330.0 ft.
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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 mountain in the North Cascades. Climbing gear and route-finding expertise required to summit.
 
 
Rainbow-McAlester Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6650 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
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0.00
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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
Sample the best the North Cascades has to offer—subalpine lakes, forested valleys and rugged mountain passes—on this multiday trek.
 
 
Twisp Pass via Dagger Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
15.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2420 ft.
Highest Point: 6060.0 ft.
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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 a walk in the forest on this trail as it climbs past a shallow lake and continues nearly to treeline at Twisp Pass. The upper half of the trail is flowered in summer and the power of avalanches is evident in the pick-up-sticks debris field shortly before Dagger Lake. At Twisp Pass in an intersection with many informal trails for further exploration.
 
 
Silver Star Mountain (Okanogan)

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8876.0 ft.
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0.00
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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
Silver Star mountain provides a rewarding hiking and climbing opportunity right off Highway 20. Its majestic barren rocky spires that raise out of the forested slopes seem beyond reach but in fact the summit block requires a bit of exposed scrambling, after a long hike and a glacier traverse.
 
 
Marblemount Boat Launch Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 300.0 ft.
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0.00
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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 is a nice little leg stretcher just off the North Cascades Highway. Especially good in winter, when the highway is closed, and the eagles are feeding along the Skagit River.
 
 
Terrace Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
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0.00
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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
 
 
Davis Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 7051.0 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
 
 
East Bank Ross Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(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
You'll enjoy moderate elevation gain and fabulous views on this lakeside trail that stretches more than 30 miles north -- nearly to Canada.
 
 
Dorado Needle

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 6280 ft.
Highest Point: 8440.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 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 Dorado Needle is a Class 3 and involves exposed scrambles and glacier crossings. Gear and experience are recommended.
 
 
Newhalem Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 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 towards the base of Klawatti and Austera Peaks along Newhalem Creek on this unmaintained North Cascades National Park trail. Years of blowdowns and overgrowth make this trail difficult to hike and navigate, but Newhalem Falls and the views of the mountains cannot be beaten. It's a great way to get into the North Cascades in the winter and still avoid the snow.
 
 
Mount Ross

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
14.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 6048.0 ft.
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0.00
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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 peak scramble in the North Cascades near Ross Lake. Route finding, gear and expertise required.
 
 
Diobsud Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 440 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(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
A nice trip through a quiet forest that features trees, moss, and ferns on a steep hillside above a babbling creek.
 
 
Canyon Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(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
When looking for solitude or a quiet, cool creek to ramble along, look no further than Canyon Creek. This trail’s gentle tread and easy grade were cut long ago for horse-pack trains. Along this old supply route to the mines there are numerous babbling brooks, and other natural wonders to keep you entertained. Once this river trail could be followed all the way to Chancellor and then into the Pasayten Wilderness or towards Harts Pass. Alas, wash outs now close the trail five miles in at Mill Creek.
 
 
Ladder Creek Falls

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
0.4 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 660.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(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
Meander along this path to a loud and misty falls near Newhalem which offer a great respite from heat on hot summer afternoons.
 
 
Jackita Ridge

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
15.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(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
With views of Crater and Jack Mountains, the Jackita Ridge trail takes you up a challenging incline to the top of a ridge above the timberline. It features wildflowers and unobstructed views. Many hikers use it to connect to the Devil's Dome loop or to reach Crater Mountain.
 
 
Huckleberry Snowshoe Route

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
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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 long, meandering snowshoe route just off the Mount Baker Highway.
 
 
Howard Miller Steelhead Park - Wetland Wildlife Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 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
Enjoy beautiful views, quiet forest and wildlife activity on this peaceful trail, perfect in spring or on a crisp and clear day in winter.
 
 
Happy Creek Nature Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 570 ft.
Highest Point: 2780.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(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
Hikers can choose from an easy loop partially along Happy Creek, or a longer hike to Happy Creek Falls, site of an old sawmill that supported the mining in the late 1800's.
 
 
Happy-Panther

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 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
An old pack trail reincarnated, Happy-Panther is both one of the oldest and newest trails in the North Cascades National Park Complex.
 
 
Hegg-Benson Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
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0.00
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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 Hegg-Benson Trail, designed and constructed by Skagit Land Trust members and volunteers in 2009-2010, provides a short walk through mossy forest to a picturesque waterfall on Barr Creek in this lovely conservation area.
 
 
Hidden Lake Lookout

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.61
(62 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 Hidden Lake trail is one of the crown jewels of hiking in Washington State. No other trail offers so much as Hidden Lake Lookout: forest, wildflowers, a true alpine environment of stark granite well above treeline, breathtaking summit views of the heart of North Cascades National Park, and a fire lookout with a sweeping history almost as big as the mountainous landscape it gazes over.
 
 
Golden Horn - Snowy Lakes

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
23.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(12 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
Experience the Pacific Crest Trail at its finest. This backpacking trip takes you across four passes to two lovely alpine lakes in the shadow of Golden Horn, Tower Mountain and Mount Hardy.
 
 
Fourth of July Pass via Thunder Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 3600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.31
(13 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
There are two ways to attain Fourth of July Pass - from Thunder Creek or from Panther Creek. Both offer wonderful opportunities to travel along burbling, blue-green creeks, but access via Thunder Creek is truly stunning. Make it an out-and-back or stash a second car for a traverse.
 
 
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.