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Eldorado Peak

North Cascades


North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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10.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 6716 ft.
Highest Point: 8876 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

Located in the picturesque North Cascades National Park, Eldorado Peak is Fred Beckey's "Queen of the Cascade River". The summit's craggy profile, remoteness, and knife edge summit combine to remind hikers of the Himalayas.

While the climb is not technically difficult, equipment and climbing experience are a must for this trip. But your efforts will reward you with views into Marble Creek, Dorado Needle, Forbidden Peak, Mount Buckner, Logan, Johannesburg and the other peaks of the Ptarmigan Traverse.

As exhilarating a summit experience as a hiker could hope for, the climb gives hikers who tackle it a feeling of being out in a truly remote alpine environment. This is a mountain that should be on any Pacific Northwest's mountaineers list.


Eldorado Peak

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.5136, -121.1964 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

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Getting There

From I-5 Northbound: Take exit 208 for Highway 530. Take a left on highway 530 at Darrington. The highway ends in 19 miles, where you can take a right onto Highway 20 towards Marblemount. Pass through the last gas station in Marblemount go straight onto the Cascade River Road. After crossing the bridge, the road takes you all the way to the trailhead at Mile Marker 20.

Note: The last 10 miles of road is gravel and washes out almost every year at some point. The trailhead itself is on the right. Privy at trailhead.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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