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The primeval forests and jagged glaciated peaks of the North Cascades extend from central Washington State to the border of Canada.
Glacier Peak Wilderness

Glacier Peak Wilderness

February 23, 2010

Glacier Peak is located in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State, northwest of the town of Wenatchee. Keep in mind that a number of trailheads (mostly on the western side) are not easily accessible due to the past few years of flooding. Plans are in place to fix the roads, and the Pacific Crest...

Monogram Lake

Monogram Lake

May 31, 2016

Monogram Lake and Lookout Mountain are accessible from a single trailhead on Cascade River Road in the North Cascades.

Skagit River

Skagit River

September 07, 2015

The Skagit River is the main watershet of the western slopes of the North Cascades. This river can become a raging torrent when snowmelt runoff or rains are high.

Frosty Creek

Frosty Creek

July 08, 2015

3 miles beyond the end of Icicle Creek Road, Frosty Creek heads steeply upslope to the alpine highlands of Icicle Ridge. A trail follows this path into the heavens.

Cutthroat Pass

Cutthroat Pass

September 22, 2013

Cutthroat Pass is along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) about 5 miles north of Rainy Pass. It's an easy 5 mile hike (one way) that ascends about 2000 vertical feet.

The Methow Valley

The Methow Valley

February 28, 2010

The Methow Valley is located in north-central Washington State. The town of Winthrop is most often considered the hub of the area. The valley is a great place to visit in any season. But, keep an eye on the weather forecast... and remember - hwy 20 is closed in the winter, cutting off easy access from/to the...

The Enchantments

The Enchantments

October 10, 2011

The Enchantment Lakes area of the north cascades is a unique and spectacular place. This high alpine landscape is located in the southeast part of the North Cascade range. It's famous for jagged peaks, smooth granite rock, and crystal clear magical lakes. 

Easy Pass

Easy Pass

October 03, 2011

Easy Pass is located in the eastern part of North Cascades National Park. The trail to the pass is only about 4 miles, and is in fact, pretty easy... at least by North Cascades standards. It's a gateway to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the US.

Mt. Pugh

Mt. Pugh

October 03, 2011

Mt. Pugh rises like a spike out of the vast forests of the North Cascades. A fire lookout was once perched on top of this pinnacle. Today, a rugged and rocky trail heads to the top.  

Glacier Basin

Glacier Basin

April 30, 2010

Glacier Basin is a rugged cirque just outside of the abandoned mining town of Monte Cristo, in the heart of the Cascade range. 100 years ago, this town was bustling with activity as the miners pulled copper, gold, silver and lead out of the rocks. Now, it's only accessible by a 4 mile walk or bike ride from...

Cascade Pass

Cascade Pass

September 06, 2010

Cascade Pass connects western Washington with the mountain valley that harbors Stehekin, at the head of Lake Chelan. The only way to get to Stehekin is by boat up the lake, or walking a trail like that over Cascade Pass.
This is the quintessential north cascades hike. It packs the most "bang for the...

Rock Mountain

Rock Mountain

June 07, 2010

Rock Mountain is a peak just northeast of Stevens Pass. A steep trail ascends about 4500ft from the base to the summit.

Deception Creek

Deception Creek

June 07, 2010

Deception Creek flows from the northern part of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness toward the Skykomish River. This valley is filled a rich and untouched old-growth forest.

Necklace Valley

Necklace Valley

February 24, 2010

The Necklace Valley is located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of the North Cascades Mountains in Washington. The trailhed is a few miles east of Skykomish, WA along Hwy 2. Parts of the upper trail are in pretty poor repair - be prepared for a challenging climb up a lot of roots, rocks and mud. The lower...

Windy Pass

Windy Pass

April 30, 2005

Windy Pass is located in the eastern part of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Washington Cascades. The trailhead is about 8 miles south of the town of Leavenworth.
This area is particularly scenic, and popular with the backpacking crowd. In the summer, special permits are required to camp in many of...

Mt. David

Mt. David

October 02, 2003

Mt. David is in the North Cascades of Washington State. It's about 15 miles north of Lake Wenatchee. Drive north past Lake Wenatchee, then turn right on the White River Road and proceed to the road's end & the trailhead.

Mt. Shuksan

Mt. Shuksan

April 30, 2010

Clark Mountain

Clark Mountain

April 30, 2010

Mt. Daniel

Mt. Daniel

April 30, 2010

Eldorado

Eldorado

April 30, 2010

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