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Golden Horn - Snowy Lakes

North Cascades

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Hiked Sep 15, 2014

Type of Hike

Multi-night backpack

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


Bugs were not too bad


Snow free
My dad and I went in on the 15th of September. Beautiful views all the way up to out first campsite. We passed one campsite which was marked at about 4 miles in. We continued on, and right before the switchbacks started, there is another nice campsite off to the right that we stayed at. There was a small spring that had water, but other than that, there was not any water until we got over the pass the next day. It was a clear night and the stars were out, and beautiful. Around 39 F So the next day, we hiked around 7 miles, over the pass. About three miles after the pass, there were a few little streams coming down the side of the mountain that we got some good flowing water from. A lot of dried up stream beds along the way, so plan to get water when you come across it. We then got to a campsite at around 7 miles from where we started. We took a right, up a dried out stream bed/trail that doesn't look like a trail, but it is, and it takes you straight up to the snowy lakes. It was a pretty steep climb up. We camped at the top of a hill at the second lake. We had a great view of both lakes. There are quite a few good camp sites around the second lake and above it as well. I suggest going to the top of the hill, taking a left when you get to the second lake and going to the very top. There is a great camp site there, and you have an amazing view of where you came from as well as a valley with a river and many mountains beyond it. The third day, we hiked out to the camp we stayed at the first night. Going back up the pass was not as easy as going down! Steep drop offs, but great views all around. We got to the camp site, and used the spring water to boil for dinner. We then hiked out the next day and got rained on that night, so everything was wet when packing it out. A great trip all around.