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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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Results List

16 Hikes

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
23.5 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 2880 ft.
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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 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6560 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 6500 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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2900 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.38
(29 votes)
Incredible views and beautiful alpine lakes are your reward if you can ascend this steep trail in the North Cascades. At the top, you can choose between taking in sweeping panoramic views of North Cascades National Park and the Pickets Range, or relaxing near the lowest of the Thornton Lakes, both of which make a rewarding destination.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.62
(64 votes)
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 800 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
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.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 8129 ft.
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0.00
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Crooked Thumb Peak is located in the Picket Range of the North Cascades National Park and can be reached via the Big Beaver Trailhead.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
1.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 2100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
This forested trail in the North Cascades National Park Complex leads down to Ross Lake and the network of trails in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Look out over both Ross Lake and Ross Dam before making your way down to Ross Dam itself
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
17.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 6300 ft.
Highest Point: 7408 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
Ruby Mountain is a 7408-foot peak in the center of the North Cascades. It has one of the best panoramic views of the lakes, snow-capped peaks and glaciers of the North Cascades National Park.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 5719 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.22
(9 votes)
To get panoramic views of the North Cascades without fighting the crowds at Cascade Pass or Hidden Lake Lookout, look no further than Lookout Mountain, an arduous climb that often gets overlooked by hikers heading to North Cascades National Park. From the fire lookout on the summit, enjoy 360-degree views of Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, and a panoply of other North Cascades giants.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 550 ft.
Highest Point: 2000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
An old pack trail reincarnated, Happy-Panther is both one of the oldest and newest trails in the North Cascades National Park Complex.
 
 

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)
Between Twisp Pass on the east and Stiletto Peak lookout site (a.k.a. Stiletto Vista) on the west is the North Cascades National Park Stiletto Cross-Country Zone with options for roaming and climbing. For a detailed description of the hiking trail to explore this area, see WTA's Stiletto Peak entry.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
0.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 1340 ft.
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If you only have a short time to hike while visiting the secluded town of Stehekin, hop on the Imus Creek Trail to sample what the North Cascades National Park has to offer. This easy self-guided nature walk runs behind the landing for a one mile loop to an overlook of the lake and the majestic mountains that make up the Lake Chelan Valley.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
6.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 1473 ft.
Highest Point: 4099 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
The North Fork of Bridge Creek is a tucked-away gem of a hike in the North Cascades National Park. Accessible from both the Stehekin valley and Highway 20, many people blaze past this side trip on their way along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). But if you choose to explore this branch, you'll be rewarded with stunning mountain valleys at the base of Mount Logan, one of many striking peaks in the North Cascades. Of course, you'll have to share the trail with brush, bugs, and maybe even bears to get there.
 
 

Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6600 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
A fine trail for those willing to climb to get to great views in a remote part of the North Cascades National Park. Best done as a side trip off an overnight trip from Rainy Pass to Stehekin, or something similar.
 
 

North Cascades

 
Highest Point: 8630 ft.
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0.00
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Mount Custer is a mountain within the norther reaches North Cascades National Park and can be reached via the Chilliwack Lake Forest Service Road in Canada.