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Trip Report

Old Robe Canyon — Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

North Cascades

Trip Report By

WTA Member



Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Obstacles on trail:
    Trees down across trail,
    Mud/Rock slide or washout.


Road suitable for all vehicles


Bugs were not too bad


Snow free

This short and sweet trail was in good shape overall, but it was clear to me that this trail is becoming more popular and, unfortunately, other hikers aren't taking very good care of it.  Graffiti, illegal fires, tons of garbage - it all took away from the really neat history of this area.  You can check out my blog (link below) for more details, but I'll focus this trip report on the actual trail conditions.

  • Coming down to the river, there are quite obvious places where switchbacks have been cut and it's causing a good deal of erosion. Please stay on the trail.  
  • Along the river, there are some trees down to step or climb over and in some places the trail is being eroded into the river.
  • As many others have done, I continued past the trail closure signs and crossed the rock slide immediately after the signs to get to the first tunnel.  The rocks are stable (for now) and the slide is fairly easy to negotiate.
  • At the far end of the tunnel, a tangle of downed trees blocks the way so I didn't proceed any farther.