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Red Mountain (Painted Mountain)

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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8.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 4875 ft.
Highest Point: 6975 ft.


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Be prepared for a long, steep hike on pine needles when tackling Red Mountain. But your trek will pay off with a lunch spot in flower-strewn meadows and spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.

The trail starts out well defined but fades as you ascend. Pink markers guide hikers to the lake. Towards the top, there is a scramble towards the old lookout spot. On your way, look for Ruby Lake after you break out of the trees and enter a grassy area. After the meadows, the massive dome of red rock delineating the peak of Red Mountain looms ahead of you. You're not there yet, but keep trying -- great views of Glacier Peak, wildflowers, and butterflies await you at the top.


Red Mountain (Painted Mountain)

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0588, -121.2899 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

Red Mountain (#651)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails Sloan Peak 111

Green Trails Glacier Peak 112

Getting There

From I-5, drive 4 miles east on SR 530 to Arlington, then 28 miles on SR 530 Darrington. At a three way stop, turn right onto the Mountain Loop Highway and go 16 miles, until you come to a junction with FR 49. Turn left and follow this road for 6.4 miles to a junction. There will be a sign for the SLoan Creek Trail. Turn left, and find the trailhead.


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