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Abernathy Pass via Cedar Creek

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

18.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 3400 ft.
Highest Point: 6400 ft.

Rating

3.75 out of 5

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Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
 
 

The route to Abernathy via the Cedar Creek Trail is a lengthy, pleasant hike through lodgepole pine and deciduous forest, past a lovely waterfall to Abernathy Pass.

Cedar Creek Falls is two miles in on your left. In early to mid-summer, this is quite a pleasant little waterfall. Trail #476 continues up through the Cedar Creek Valley for several miles, along Cedar Creek the whole way. You will cross the west fork of Cedar Creek, then the creek itself. At this point, the trail leaves the creek as you start the steep climb to Abernathy Pass.

The views from the pass, which is also the border of the Sawtooth Wilderness, are excellent.

 

Abernathy Pass via Cedar Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5792, -120.4787 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Abernathy Pass (#476)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in Washington's North Cascades National Park Region (Spring / Manning

Mountaineers Books)

Green Trails No. 50 Washington Pass

Green Trails No. 51 Mazama

Buy the Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50 map

Buy the Green Trails Mazama No. 51 map

Getting There

From Winthrop drive State Route 20 west for 18 miles to Forest Service Road 5310-200 (about 0.5 miles east of the turn off for Klipchuck Campground). The trail begins near the gravel pit at the end of the road. Northwest Forest Pass required.

Highway 20 Closure: Highway 20 is closed between Silver Star (Milepost 170) and Early Winter Campground (Mileposte 177) while crews fight an active wildfire in the area. This closure is dated 7.12.21
 

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