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Devils Dome Loop

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

43.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Highest Point: 6980 ft.

Rating

4.20 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2018
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
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 views and beauty on this high come at a steep price. Literally. But those who can soldier through some brutal elevation gain are rewarded by expansive views of breathtaking peaks, and masses of wildflowers on a hike that borders two of Washington's most gorgeous wilderness areas.

Climbing 3300 feet in the first 4 miles from the Canyon Creek trailhead, hikers will be only too happy to catch their breath at the ridge. But beware, you might just have it taken away again by the views, which will only improve from here.

Panoramas surround you as you progress through Devil's Park and beneath Jackita Ridge, where WTA work crews did a massive logout over five days in the summer of 2014. Views to the west are commanded by the ever-changing face of Jack Mountain as you hike counter-clockwise around it. Take your time on this hike--most people take between 4 and 5 days in order to fully appreciate every mile.

From Devil's Pass, roughly a third of the way through your hike, the high point lies a little more than 5 miles down the trail: Devil's Dome. From here you can enjoy views of Spratt Mountain to the north, Jack Mountain to the south, Ross Lake and the peaks across it to the west, and behind you, peer into the sprawling Pasayten wilderness. Many hikers recommend camping here, if you can find a spot where you'll make minimal impact; sunrises are as good as sunsets from this peak.

After the Dome, you'll begin a gradual descent to Ross Lake, where a cool swim in its waters will be excellent refreshment after several days of backpacking. If you started from Canyon Creek, you still have several miles of backpacking along the creek and back up-valley to your car, but since you're bordering Ross Lake with its singularly beautiful waters, it's hardly a boring stretch.

 

Devils Dome Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7065, -120.9185 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

East Bank (#), Jackita Ridge (#738), Devil's Ridge (#752), Ruby Creek Trail (#736)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District and Ross Lake National Recreation Area

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Getting There

Traveling from Marblemount on Highway 20 go past Diablo Lake. After mile marker 141 the large parking area for this hike is on the left. A privy is available.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
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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