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150 Hikes
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)
A lengthy, pleasant hike through lodgepole pine and deciduous forest, past a lovely waterfall to Abernathy Pass.
 
 
Early Winters

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.25
(4 votes)
 
Early Winters
 
 
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
Cutthroat Pass via the Pacific Crest Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.91
(22 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Cutthroat Pass is a stunner no matter which way you access it. This way, you'll enjoy a wider, more well-maintained trail, and you're more likely to share it with Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers.
 
 
Rainbow Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
11.5 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
 
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Providing access to Bowan Pass, the Rainbow Lake Trail also allows hikers access to deep blue Rainbow Lake. Used mostly by backpackers, the trail lies deep within a network of other access trails.
 
 
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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!
 
 
Heather - Maple Pass Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 6650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.82
(115 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
If ever there was a hike to satisfy all a hiker's desires, this one comes as close as any. A loop hike with many fabulous changing faces throughout the seasons, Heather-Maple Pass features ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, lakes ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.
 
 
Lone Fir Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
An easy, short loop hike out of the Lone Fir campground. The first bit is paved before giving way to a dirt trail that follows Early Winters Creek. After a creek crossing (log bridge) it loops back to the campground.
 
 
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
Ruby Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
6.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1230 ft.
Highest Point: 1935.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
1.50
(4 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Ruby Creek is a short, mellow river ramble that is often traveled as a part of the longer Devils Dome Loop.
 
 
Willow Lake Trail

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
23.5 miles, one-way
Highest Point: 2880.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
The Willow Lake Trail is part of the East Bank Trail in the North Cascades National Park. Willow Lake is a small lake along the route and sits on the north end of Ross Lake.
 
 
Big Snagtooth

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 8330.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
A mountain in the North Cascades. Climbing gear and route-finding expertise required to summit.
 
 
Silver Star Mountain (Okanogan)

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 8876.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Silver Star mountain provides a rewarding hiking and climbing opportunity right off Highway 20. Its majestic barren rocky spires that raise out of the forested slopes seem beyond reach but in fact the summit block requires a bit of exposed scrambling, after a long hike and a glacier traverse.
 
 
East Bank Ross Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
31.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 800 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.38
(8 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
You'll enjoy moderate elevation gain and fabulous views on this lakeside trail that stretches more than 30 miles north -- nearly to Canada.
 
 
Canyon Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 2600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
When looking for solitude or a quiet, cool creek to ramble along, look no further than Canyon Creek. This trail’s gentle tread and easy grade were cut long ago for horse-pack trains. Along this old supply route to the mines there are numerous babbling brooks, and other natural wonders to keep you entertained. Once this river trail could be followed all the way to Chancellor and then into the Pasayten Wilderness or towards Harts Pass. Alas, wash outs now close the trail five miles in at Mill Creek.
 
 
Jackita Ridge

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
15.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3000 ft.
Highest Point: 6800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.60
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
With views of Crater and Jack Mountains, the Jackita Ridge trail takes you up a challenging incline to the top of a ridge above the timberline. It features wildflowers and unobstructed views. Many hikers use it to connect to the Devil's Dome loop or to reach Crater Mountain.
 
 
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
Easy Pass

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(20 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Don’t be fooled by the name – the way to Easy Pass is anything but easy. But the reward for your efforts is an eastside gateway into the stunning North Cascades National Park. At the pass, you’re greeted by trickling streams of snowmelt and views of the peaks of Golden Horn and Mount Henry to the east. Venturing further west, gaze into the Park, with awe-inspiring glacially carved river valleys, dark gray craggy massifs of Fisher Peak and Mount Logan dotted with snowfields or cloaked by glaciers, and a host of wildflowers.
 
 
East Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
18.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4500 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
East Creek is an unmaintained trail with lots of potential. At it's full length this old forgotten trail extends nearly 15 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail. It makes for a great out and back with lots of solitude.
 
 
Desolation Peak

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
9.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6102.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(9 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Trek a dry, strenuous trail to a famous fire lookout. Jack Kerouac stayed here as a lookout and used the experience to inspire Desolation Angels and Dharma Bums. The historic lookout is no longer accessible to the public, but you can still trek to the location and appreciate the view.
 
 
Devils Dome Loop

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
43.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 6980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(10 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
Cutthroat Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 4900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
This pleasant trail offers an almost level walk to a grassy forested lake set in the rocky basin beneath Cutthroat Peak. This is an easy hike in an area of rugged, steep country and one of the few that are suitable for small children. It is an especially pretty hike in the fall when the larch are turning golden.
 
 
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:
3.64
(11 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
Chancellor

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3500 ft.
Highest Point: 6300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
Climb most of the way up Center Mountain along this trail as you enter the Pasayten Wilderness.
 
 
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)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
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.
 
 
Blue Lake

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 6254.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.37
(70 votes)
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
At 6254 feet, Blue Lake sits quietly a little over two trail miles from Highway 20. With towering granite peaks, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and of course the beautiful mountain lake surrounded by granite that reaches for the sky, this short hike is easily a classic and should be on your must-hike list. With only 1050 feet of elevation gain this hike is doable for almost everyone. If you’re driving over Highway 20 and don’t have all day, stop for this mountain gem.
 
 
Boulder Creek

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

 
24.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
 
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
High ridge traverse from Gold Hill Mine to North American Mine, connects East Creek to Canyon Creek.