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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

70.3 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 13649 ft.
Highest Point: 7100 ft.

Rating

3.50 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2021
 
 
 

After passing through the North Cascades National Park, the PCT heads east for this final section that runs along the eastern edge of the Cascades and through the Pasaysten Wilderness before ending in Manning Provincial Park in British Columbia.

From beginning to end, the route offers a wide array of scenery, from the jagged peaks of the Cascades to valleys, ridges, meadows and woods in the expansive and rugged, rolling terrain of the Pasaysten Wilderness. Early fall is the best time to be here, when the fall foliage puts on a brilliant display of reds, golds, yellows and green throughout this 70-mile stretch.

Though it starts in Rainy Pass, this section is actually protected from much of the rain and snow that Mount Baker and the rest of the North Cascades to the west are so well known for. For this reason, late-season hikers should be prepared to pack in water, though water sources are available at Harts Pass. From late October through mid-summer, however, hikers should still expect and prepare for snowy and icy conditions, and winter hikers must watch out for avalanche conditions along the often exposed route.

Hikers should also keep in mind that there are no resupply options available along this section, and the only vehicle access is at Harts Pass, where Road 5400 crosses the trail. Also remember to bring your passport and review the border crossing procedures, as this section crosses the US-Canada border at Monument 78 66.2 miles into the trek.

NOTE: As of 2010, it is no longer legal to cross the border heading southbound into the US from Canada on the PCT. Check PCTA's website for more information about border crossing before heading out.

 

Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5247, -120.7358 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Pacific Crest Trail Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park (#2000)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Pacific Crest Trail Oregon & Washington (Jeffrey Schaffer and Andy Selters) - Wilderness Press

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

Cascade Series - Northern Washington

www.pctmap.net/iphone/wa_section_l_map.pdf

Getting There

Drive east on the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20) for 51 miles to Rainy Pass. Make a left (across the road from Maple Pass) and drive less than half a mile to an unpaved parking lot for the Pacific Crest Trail. Restrooms are available here.

 

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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section L - Rainy Pass to Manning Park

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