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744 Hikes
Williams Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
8.10.21 Area Closed: The road accessing this trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
To see beautiful Williams Lake, set in a meadow basin with pockets of larch trees, a hiker must earn it. The shallow gradient trail takes 7 miles to gain 3600 feet and is mostly on a fire-scorched, sun-baked south facing slope where the sparse shade offers a welcome respite from the heat.
 
 
Cutthroat Pass via Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2300 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(10 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
Take this gentle trail to a beautiful alpine lake surrounded by rocky cliffs before heading up some steeper switchbacks to a pass and junction with the iconic Pacific Crest Trail.
 
 
Abernathy Pass via Cedar Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
A lengthy, pleasant hike through lodgepole pine and deciduous forest, past a lovely waterfall to Abernathy Pass.
 
 
Twisp Pass

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2460 ft.
Highest Point: 6064.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(12 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
Twisp Pass is a stunner in summer and autumn. Though it is a bit of a drive to get there from almost anywhere in the state, it's well worth it!
 
 
Scatter Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3850 ft.
Highest Point: 7047.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
This is one of the best day hikes for larch-spotting in the fall. In the summer, enjoy the reward of swimming or fishing after a steep climb. Scatter Lake is also an excellent destination for an overnight backpack.
 
 
Northern State Ghost Town

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 182.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(12 votes)
Once the largest hospital for mentally ill people in Washington State, Northern State Mental Hospital was a town unto itself. Parts of the site are still in use and off-limits, but the farm is now a recreation area. It is located just north of the Skagit River near the town of Sedro-Woolley. Stroll along the wide pastoral trails amongst the buildings and cemetery.
 
 
West McMillan Spire via Goodell Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 9800 ft.
Highest Point: 8000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to West McMillan Spire is a strenuous Class 3 and involved exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 
Stiletto Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3650 ft.
Highest Point: 7660.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(3 votes)
Starting in a forested creek valley, climb through alpine forest, meadows, and rocks to expansive vistas at the Stiletto Lookout site. Your destination is visible from the trailhead, on the end of the ridge to the southeast.
 
 
Luna Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
36.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 8009 ft.
Highest Point: 8285.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
 
Tower Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
25.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 8444.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to Tower Mountain is a Class 3 and involved exposed scrambling. Gear and experience recommended.
 
 
Lake Ann (Rainy Pass)

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(18 votes)
The trail to Lake Ann is a wonderful, short way to see the impressive glaciated valley encircled by the popular Heather - Maple Pass Loop. Lake Ann features views of ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, a lake ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 
Colonial Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
A climb to a peak on the North Cascades Highway. Climbing gear and experience as well as route finding knowledge required.
 
 
Stehekin to Rainy Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.7 miles, one-way
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Connect between the Stehekin River and Rainy Pass on this section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Views of peaks in every direction capture the hiker's attention as you walk through the beautiful North Cascades.
 
 
Jack Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Highest Point: 9066.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The route to Jack Mountain is a Class 5 and above and involves exposed climbing. Gear and experience are recommended.
 
 
Rainy Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 70 ft.
Highest Point: 4800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(8 votes)
This one mile long wheelchair-accessible trail takes you to a beautiful alpine lake.
 
 
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
70.3 miles, one-way
Gain: 13649 ft.
Highest Point: 7100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
This last leg of the Pacific Crest Trail (or first depending on whether you're north- or southbound) offers breathtaking views as it passes along the eastern edge of the North Cascades and into the Pasayten Wilderness. Make sure to bring your passport to complete your journey in Manning Provincial Park!
 
 
Hock Mountain

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 7750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Hike a valley trail through old growth forest to the base of a peak, then an off trail class 2 scramble to the summit.
 
 
Copper Pass via Copper Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2710 ft.
Highest Point: 6720.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Start with a pleasant walk along Bridge & Slate Creeks and then earn your way to the high country with a climb up to the miles of sloping meadows, flowered in July. Finish with a steep climb through the heather to larch fringed Copper Pass with its views to the east/west with scrambles to the north/south.
 
 
Twisp Pass via Dagger Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
15.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2420 ft.
Highest Point: 6060.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take a walk in the forest on this trail as it climbs past a shallow lake and continues nearly to treeline at Twisp Pass. The upper half of the trail is flowered in summer and the power of avalanches is evident in the pick-up-sticks debris field shortly before Dagger Lake. At Twisp Pass in an intersection with many informal trails for further exploration.
 
 
Diobsud Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 440 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
A nice trip through a quiet forest that features trees, moss, and ferns on a steep hillside above a babbling creek.
 
 
Golden Horn - Snowy Lakes

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
23.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 6900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(12 votes)
Experience the Pacific Crest Trail at its finest. This backpacking trip takes you across four passes to two lovely alpine lakes in the shadow of Golden Horn, Tower Mountain and Mount Hardy.
 
 
Fisher Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6560.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.83
(6 votes)
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.
 
 
Bridge Creek - McAlester Pass to Stehekin

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
38.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2500 ft.
Highest Point: 4000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.17
(6 votes)
Wildlife is often difficult to spot in the North Cascades, but McAlester Pass is an exception to this. Take a multi-day backpack from Highway 20 into the tiny town of Stehekin, where you can rest easy and gorge yourself on treats from the renowned bakery before making the multiple mile trek out.
 
 
Kukutali Preserve

Puget Sound and Islands -- Bellingham Area

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 230.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(12 votes)
Thanks to a partnership between Washington State Parks and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Kukutali Preserve in Similk Bay near La Conner opened to the public on June 16, 2014. Believed to be the first park in the United States to be co-owned and managed by a tribe and another government, management of the area focuses on conservation and research, public education and limited recreational use, including hiking!
 
 
Sand Ridge

South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

 
8.9 miles, one-way
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.80
(5 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
This trail in the William O. Douglas wilderness climbs from the north side of Highway 12 through second-growth forest. It offers access to Spiral Butte and Shellrock Lake, among other lakes in this area. While it's a lovely spot to enjoy a low-key backpack, the water here can make the area swampy in the spring and early summer.
 
 
Bumping Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 3700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
A gentle hike through stands of mature larches and other conifers along the shores of Bumping Lake. The trail is also a good alternate route to Swamp Lake Trail #970 or to Pacific Crest Trail #2000 when a ford of the Bumping River is too hazardous.
 
 
Twin Sisters Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- Chinook Pass - Hwy 410

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 900 ft.
Highest Point: 5200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.58
(12 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Schneider Springs Fire
A long dirt road provides access to the central trailhead for the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. The popular, easy forest hike to the Twin Sisters Lakes is a prelude to miles of exploration possible on trails and cross-country through open forest, past meadows, ponds, and lakes.
 
 
Strawberry Mountain

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
3.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 890 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(3 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Spur Mountain Fire
This moderate trail makes for a great family hike up Strawberry Mountain with good views of Lost Lake and Bonaparte Mountain.
 
 
Big Tree Trail

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
2.7 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Spur Mountain Fire
Looking for a lower-key, wheelchair accessible hike among gorgeous golden larches in fall? The 0.7-mile Big Tree Trail is just the ticket.
 
 
Cabin Trail

Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Trail Closed 8/10/21: This trail is closed until further notice due to the Spur Mountain Fire
Make one of several loops on Bonaparte Mountain using Cabin Trail.